Ice On The Dune

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - MUSIC - JAR­RAD BE­VAN

CHART- top­ping Aussie elec­tronic pop duo Em­pire of the Sun re­turn with more of what peo­ple loved about their de­but. This sopho­more set is fun- loving, joy­ous and fl uffy. It is awash with big, bright hooks and sing- a- long cho­ruses. It ticks ev­ery pop mu­sic box there is. The duo has pro­grammed the al­bum’s feel to go up and up, ease off a lit­tle, then up again be­fore fi nish­ing with a torch song and its hope­ful mes­sage backed by the Har­lem Gospel Choir. Ev­ery­thing they do is well con­sid­ered. From the very fi rst song, the short in­tro Lux, the al­bum is made of shim­mer­ing melodies and grand ges­tures. DNA sports com­pressed gui­tars and elec­tro- pop rhythms, glow­ing and warm. Singer Luke Steele shows off a dis­tinct vo­cal tone that ranges from grainy to much higher pitches with ease. Alive is the ob­vi­ous sin­gle, it is the feel­ing of ela­tion cap­tured in a pop song. Awak­en­ings is the al­bum’s best slower tune with more of a pop struc­ture than a pop- house one, good, but not quite as punchy as the refl ec­tive bal­ladry of I’ll Be Around.

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