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Empire of the Sun

Taking their name from the J.G. Ballard novel that became a 1987 Steven Spielberg film, Australia's larger-than-life electro-glam-pop duo Empire of the Sun feature the Sleepy Jackson's Luke Steele and Pnau's Nick Littlemore. Steele had previously worked with Pnau on "With You Forever," a track from the band's 2007 self-titled third album, and the pair enjoyed collaborating so much that they started their own project, drawing inspiration from the likes of Phoenix and Daft Punk. In fall 2008, Empire of the Sun released the debut album Walking on a Dream, which the musicians described as "a spiritual road movie." Featuring songs co-written by Pnau's other half, Peter Mayes, the album went platinum in Australia and the title track became a hit single across the globe. After time spent touring, and a period when Littlemore went AWOL to write music for Cirque du Soleil, the duo regrouped in the studio to work on their second album. The unguardedly pop Ice on the Dune was released in early summer of 2013. ~ Heather Phares
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Albums by
Empire of the Sun

Top Songs by
Empire of the Sun

  1.   Song
  2.   Walking on a Dream
  3.   We Are the People
  4.   Alive
  5.   DNA
  6.   Tiger by My Side
  7.   Celebrate
  8.   Standing on the Shore
  9.   I'll Be Around
  10.   Half Mast
  11.   Country
  12.   Swordfish Hotkiss Night
  13.   We Are the People (Sub Focus Remix) (Edit)
  14.   Surround Sound
  15.   Delta Bay
  16.   Disarm
  17.   Old Flavours
  18.   Without You
  19.   Ice on the Dune
  20.   The World
  21.   Awakening
  22.   Concert Pitch
  23.   Lux
  24.   Keep a Watch
  25.   Breakdown
  26.   Etude
  27.   Girl
  28.   Romance To Me
  29.   Celebrate
  30.   Celebrate
  31.   Half Mist
  32.   Empire Of The Sun
  33.   Suo Gan
  34.   Cadillac of the Skies
  35.   Jim's New Life
  36.   Lost In the Crowd
  37.   Imaginary Air Battle
  38.   The Return To the City
  39.   Liberation: Exsultate Justi
  40.   The British Grenadiers
  41.   Toy Planes, Home And Hearth (Chopin Mazurka Opus 17, No. 4)
  42.   The Streets Of Shanghai
  43.   The Pheasant Hunt
  44.   No Road Home/Seeing the Bomb
  45.   Exsultate Justi
  46.   Half Mast We are the People
  47.   Swordfish Hitkiss Night

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