Empire Of The Sun – 'Walking On A Dream'


Empire of The Sun – ‘Walking On A Dream’ (link taken down on request)

As promised a few weeks ago, here is the first original track from Empire of the Sun. I do believe we are the first blog or even media outlet to have this but I’ll stop short of claiming exclusivity since I can’t really confirm it. I haven’t got any bio, website or even a photo so there isn’t much to write except to repeat that this is a new collaboration between Luke Steele of The Sleepy Jackson and current electro favourites Pnau. A few weeks ago we posted a remix of this song by Sam La More – Nick Littlemore’s brother – which was reviewed by pitchforkmedia.com . Luke’s melodies are so distinctive and unconventional that it works so well on Pnau’s structured beats – great combo. Very much looking forward to the album.



62 Responses

  1. Bobby T

    August 13, 2008 1:15 pm

    Correction….Not Pnau’s beats at all…They’re from a guy called Donnie Sloan….He did this track

  2. tom

    August 17, 2008 5:27 pm

    some info about empire of the sun:
    Having well and truly reinvigorated the Pnau name following the success of their most recent album, Nick Littlemore has embarked on a mysterious side project with Luke Steele of The Sleepy Jackson that’s creating quite a stir. The duo have named their new venture Empire Of The Sun, and they’ve worked with Littlemore’s partner-in-Pnau-crime Pete Mayes, as well as Jonathan Sloan (aka Donnie Sloan) of Sneaky Sound System.

    There’s an album on the way, but the first glimpse of their music has made its way online with a teaser video for the single ‘Walking On A Dream’ appearing recently. Filmed in Shanghai, it’s got us excited to hear the full album. The single release is said to have remixes from Sam La More, Van She Tech and the Hong Kong Blondes too!

  3. Kirsten

    August 23, 2008 11:03 am

    I love this track and the video clip is fabbo.

    Is this a sneaky/teaser pre-release? Where can I get the track?


  4. Elyse

    August 23, 2008 8:28 pm

    Not sure if anyone has yet seen the film clip, (if you haven’t, you might as well check it out, has a uniquely interesting flare) but pair are brilliant, where they high when they decided to make the clip? I have no idea. But I love it non the less.

    I really want to get their album. The clips are better than MGMT’s (at least you know what your looking at, except ‘Electric Feel’ I like the quirkiness of their creativity).

    Good luck to you Empire Of The Sun! Good to see some more excellent Australian tallent.

    E xx

  5. andrew duke

    August 26, 2008 6:18 pm

    This track is of its lid. I heard it sunday morning of me rikta. Best pellets eva! This song will bring big things thanks Empire Of The Sun!

  6. mark b

    August 28, 2008 7:42 pm

    …after hearing ‘with you forever’ on pnau’s recent album i knew it was a great combination with luke steele, but once i saw & heard the track/clip ‘walking on a dream’ on jtv i was speechless & cant wait for more from this fine australian post-pop-electro callabaration…

  7. Gordon Cole

    August 29, 2008 3:56 pm

    Empire of the Sun, good movie. This may be as sad!?.. Self-indulgent. Phony. A somewhat pretty but unintentionally disturbing video. Whatever’s been leftover here seems completely pointless. I want substance next time. Though i won’t be expecting any Spielberg-level production..

  8. Ben Skirving

    August 31, 2008 7:07 pm

    very excited to hear the album when it gets relaesed on Oct 3. I am a huge Sleepy Jackson fan and the film clip for “walking on a Dream” is bliss!!! very excited!!

  9. taryn

    September 5, 2008 4:33 pm

    awesome beats. Nick Littlemore is a genious, great collaboration with Luke Steele here. The clip’s visuals are sooo good as well. Just all in all a brilliant song, can’t wait for a tour!

  10. Zeppoleon

    September 8, 2008 12:29 pm


    I tried to buy this song off iTunes, but its only available for Australians at the moment. Ill definitely buy it once it comes to the US!!

  11. chris

    September 9, 2008 7:13 am

    This song is awesome. Definately adding this shit to the song of the year. Great to jam to on a drive.

    Cant wait to hear the full album.

  12. Annie

    September 13, 2008 11:17 pm

    This track is fab. Id like to point out thats it’s all Donnie Sloan. Anyone who knows the lad and his collaborations will realise his unique sound. Fron the keys to the beats, it’s very Donnie, all played by Donnie. GIve the boy some credit for his talents! Brilliance…..

  13. natasha

    September 17, 2008 12:25 pm

    Love the song, love the filmclip. I so can’t wait for the album. I hope they tour soon as i’d love to see what energy both of these great artists bring to their live shows!

  14. Kaye

    September 18, 2008 9:13 am

    Downloaded from i-tunes after first hearing on JJJ. But can anyone tell me the lyrics to the chorus? There’s a lyrics section on their website but I can’t seem to access it… Best song I’ve heard all year… Great to see such awesome Aus talent. Hope there’s more of the same on the album!

  15. westy

    October 1, 2008 1:14 am

    Loving it!! loving it large!! Gawd when you play a track a few times and don’t get bored you know it’s a gooden!!

    In awe is my all time favourite for a long time methinks just awesome!!

  16. michael

    October 3, 2008 9:42 pm

    utter brilliance – talents that have d to create a new genre – not seen since klatu (70s) with shades of fleetwood mac/daft punk

    I await the album..congratulations..and i love shanghai

  17. garryg

    October 13, 2008 10:16 pm

    CAnt wait to hear more! Why didnt you guys do this sooner. Im 45 and love this stuff. The presets,cut copy and now this?? life keeps getting better!! your never to old to enjoy good aussie music

  18. Jerry Soer

    October 16, 2008 9:26 am


    Walking on a dream
    How can I explain
    Talking to myself
    Will I see again

    We are always running for the thrill of it thrill of it
    Always pushing up the hill searching for the thrill of it
    On and on and on we are calling out and out again
    Never looking down I’m just in awe of what’s in front of me

    Is it real now
    When two people become one
    I can feel it
    When two people become one

    Thought I’d never see
    The love you found in me
    Now it’s changing all the time
    Living in a rhythm where the minutes working overtime

    Catch me I’m falling down
    Catch me I’m falling down

    Don’t stop just keep going on
    I’m your shoulder lean upon
    So come on deliver from inside
    All we got is tonight that is right till first light

  19. Martin

    October 18, 2008 10:04 am

    Amazing music…….Fantastic Video shoot and edit!!!!

    A great clip that has come out of nowhere…..Success to you guys

  20. Jimbo

    December 4, 2008 7:36 am

    This song is soooooooooo good!!!

    Heard it for the first time on Zane Lowe’s show on Radio 1 a couple of hours ago and was blown away by it.

    Congrats guys, you’ve delivered an absolute masterpiece.

  21. Davo

    December 22, 2008 7:29 pm

    Just a freaking GREAT song…
    Bought the album yesterday and guess what? The whole album is oh so summer sweet!!
    Check out track 4 too (We are the People) Its right up there, probably destined to be the next single i reckon

    All i wanna know now is…When do they tour?!

  22. Daniel

    January 4, 2009 1:29 am

    I could be late but I only recently discovered Empire of the Sun. These two are sweet as, listening to ‘Walking on a dream’ kinda makes me feel as though I’m flying through the clouds when I listen to it and close my eyes. My Girlfriend loves them too. Truly unique and mystical, nothing like them and hopefully never will be!!!…

  23. Tasha

    January 24, 2009 1:42 am

    I got the record…

    It will be interesting to see post-MGMT post-Yeasayer how it’s recieved in both UK and Oz.

    But defiantly has some great summer festival tunes though a bit artsy and twisted in the middle..


  24. Dan

    January 24, 2009 4:22 pm

    good stuff – heard this today in the car
    had to go download the song as soon as I got home. Very catchy music, cant wait for the tour

  25. Toni

    January 30, 2009 10:20 pm

    Heard this on a Launceston radio station that’s sooooo backward normally –
    Saw the clip on rage – had to buy the album -the first 4 tracks of the album are unbelievably awesome – they are brilliant 🙂

  26. carlie g

    May 16, 2009 11:09 pm

    at last a band with originality & a song with get in your head imediatley melody!! anyone who doesn’t like ” we are the people” is plainly deaf!

  27. Big Whoop

    June 25, 2009 12:34 am

    Don’t get me started on these guys. Two of the biggest wankers in Australian music. What could possibly go wrong?

  28. nayeli gudalupe sanchez ortiz

    July 26, 2009 10:50 am

    es el mejor grupo k eh conocido………

    luke steele eres el mejor no lo olvidez y vales mil te kiero y te admiro mucho cantas super cool sigue adelante

    cuentas conmigo bye mil kissssssssssss……………..

  29. nayeli gudalupe sanchez ortiz

    July 26, 2009 10:50 am

    es el mejor grupo k eh conocido………

    luke steele eres el mejor no lo olvidez y vales mil te kiero y te admiro mucho cantas super cool sigue adelante

    cuentas conmigo bye mil kissssssssssss……………..

  30. nayeli gudalupe sanchez ortiz

    July 26, 2009 10:50 am

    es el mejor grupo k eh conocido………

    luke steele eres el mejor no lo olvidez y vales mil te kiero y te admiro mucho cantas super cool sigue adelante

    cuentas conmigo bye mil kissssssssssss……………..



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