Maybe this is blasphemous to say in the Year of Pharrell + Daft Punk, but I think it’s a shame Empire of the Sun’s Ice on the Dune album was overshadowed by Random Access Memories.
RAM and Ice on the Dune came out within a month of each other. Both contain similar vibes. Both pull from the same bag of tricks. Electro funk synth-drenched songs. Vocoders. Musicians wearing whacky costumes.
A summer later, I think Ice on the Dune holds up better.
There are some MAJOR tracks on the album. Songs that, like RAM, tackle good old love and joy. Both celebrate music and the happiness music offers.
Listening back, maybe Empire’s decadence seems less forced to me.
This song in particular reminds me of RJD2. It reminds me of the way RJD2’s 1976 just conquers all. Ultra triumphant. It has this maddeningly addictive beat. Makes you want to march around the city type of sounds.
I found my iPod today. I haven’t seen it since last summer. It was in the backpack I use everyday. Just forgot about this one zipper. This is why I’m Empire of the Sunning it up.
If you need some outdoor party music you should have this if you don’t already.