Australian duo, Empire Of The Sun, feature Luke Steel from The Sleepy Jackson and Nick Littlemore from Pnau, each stepping our their respective shadows to create a sound and look for Empire Of The Sun that is absolutely, totally electric. These are the songs that inspire Luke Steele, written in his own words.
Holger Czukay / Persian Love
There is so much depth in this track. It’s like the magician chef who can transpose flavors when people’s expressions change during meals. It’s a dream of spices.
Cornelius / Sleep Warm
One of the cutest songs ever written. Lucky pillow, oh, what a lucky pillow.
The Grateful Dead / Shakedown Street
Great groove. The 70s are here again.
Passion Pit / The Reeling
I’d been hearing this song in different places and never knew who it was, which always seems the best way to find music. It becomes a chase, and the song plays hard to get. But then you unite and everyone is happy.
ELO / Without Someone
Jeff Lynne is a monster genius and this track is so beautiful. It’s like a thousand dreams sandwiched into frequency.
Chemical Brothers / Galvanize
This has a palette of slam, jam and rad hip supertan.
Chet Atkins and Dolly Parton / Do I Ever Cross Your Mind
Not only does Dolly Parton sing like a country queen, but she has the cutest laugh in music. This song is beautiful, with Chet picking away and Dolly dropping lines like ‘well done, Chet’. Classic.
Django Reinhardt / Swing 39
The best song for winter, red wine, fireplace, cigarettes and a swag of classy humans.