Ice on the Dune by Empire of the Sun

 
Australian electronic music duo, Empire of the Sun, burst into the new-wave scene with their debut album Walking on a Dream. With striking similarities (and yet unlike) to MGMT, the duo’s charm lies with their strange music videos, outlandish costumes, tripping-on-drugs lyrics and of course stellar music. Continue reading
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OutRun – Kavinsky

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Kavinsky (Vincent Belorgey) is a French electronica artist who rose to fame with his track “Nightcall” being used on the Drive soundtrack. After several EPs, he finally came out with his first studio album, OutRun. Unlike his peers Daft Punk and Justice, both of whom he has toured with, Kavinsky favours retro-electro rather than dance.

The album is a soundtrack of sorts for Belorgey’s story behind his stage alter-ego Kavinsky and starts with “Prelude” which gives you a comic book style narrative of Kavinsky’s story  – a man who dies crashing his Ferrari Testarossa only to rise from the dead as a kickass electronic-music-producing zombie whose soul has now been linked to that of his car – which then sets the theme for the rest of the album. Continue reading

Miracle Mile – Starfucker

In the age of hipsters and hipsters hating pseudo-hipsters and mainstream dissolving into hipsters and all the other possible concoctions one can come up with, Starfucker comes up with some music that basically screams, “this music…this music can be used for iPod commercials”. Fair enough.

Starfucker (sometimes STRFKR) is a band that-according to their front man -specializes in ‘danceable indie pop’, a heads up to anyone who’s new to their music. Theirs is the kind of sound that lies somewhere between Passion Pit and MGMT.  Consisting of Joshua Hodges (vocals, keyboards, guitar, drums), Shawn Glassford (bass, keyboards, drums), Keil Corcoran (drums, keyboards, vocals) and Patrick Morris (guitar keyboard, vocals), this band from Portland, Oregon has the ability to churn out music according to the present scene.

Miracle Mile is their third album, and sounds a smidgen like funky, groovy chill music, though the type that is too chill to even try and get up.  It contains some great hooks, some deep lyrics, and is overall an okay-ish successor to their last album, Reptilians. Continue reading