It’s time to relax and have some fun! The Sydney boys Empire of the Sun are back with their latest power-pop anthem DNA, from their second album Ice on the Dune. It’s been 5 years since the electro duo’s debut album and we are glad that they’re back. Known for their laid-back music and eccentric costumes, Luke Steele and Nick Littlemore continue to set the trend for Australia’s electro-pop music scene.
The nostalgic sounds of DNA feel like a pair of graduation goggles. You put them on and time rewinds to days of staying up all night, sleeping all day, and enjoying every minute of it. Empire of the Sun leave no room in this song for any bad vibes or sad times. Every second is filled with carefree and blissful moments. DNA is a song that is motivated to keep the party going, and to keep the good times rolling.
However, the problem with graduation goggles is that they are just that, goggles. Take them off and you begin to see the real picture. And in this situation all you’ll see is the same picture over and over again. DNA feels like the same beat, harmonies and melodies, over and over again. It’s the same party, the same night out and the same ‘good times’, over and over.
Empire of the Sun have won numerous awards from the ARIA’s such as Album and Single of the Year during their debut. Their trademark sound is well-crafted and highly enjoyable, but is it enough to reel in just as many rewards? Will Ice of the Dune rise up or will it just become Walking on a Dream’s forgotten son?