Elton John x PNAU ‘Good Morning to the Night’
You may remember PNAU from such tracks as ‘Embrace’, ‘Wild Strawberries’ and that little known side project called Empire Of The Sun. No biggie. With four ARIA charting albums and a knack for putting Australia on the electronica map, it’s no wonder that they would catch the eye of other musos. Which muso that would be, however, was perhaps a tad less expected. So the story goes that SIR ELTON JOHN, yes you read correctly, listens to PNAU’s self-titled album whilst visiting Oz and decides, ‘Heck, I want to work with these guys’. 5 years later and Good Morning To The Night: Elton John vs Pnau is released.
The Sydney duo went through over 400 songs to produce an incredible 8 track record. With such an extensive playlist, it’s clear that each Elton song was chosen for a reason. Essentially they’ve been able to create new songs out of old ones and we’re not talking about club mash-ups or heavy remixes. The stand out track for me is ‘Sad’ which ironically projects a kind of groovy happiness that has you coolly swaying your shoulders from side to side. ‘Telegraph to the Afterlife’ is an interesting piece that’s quite hypnotic with a touch of psychedelia. The lead single ‘Good Morning To The Night’ is exceptionally catchy and I’ve deemed it ‘unsafe for work’ because you can’t help but break out in a disco strut. It also features a bit more of that classic PNAU sound than the other tracks.
It’s crazy how this record is completely refreshing and new, yet it’s foundation is represented by one of the greatest and most influential musicians of all time. The paradox is perplexing! Rdio are streaming Good Morning To The Night: Elton John vs Pnau until this Friday so hit it up, I guarantee you’ll be hooked.
Words by Emmica Schlobohm