It’s been three years since we heard from the duo Empire of the Sun, who released their sophomore effort Ice on the Dune back in 2013. But they’re finally back, with Two Vines that was recently released last month. The album was recorded in both L.A. and Hawaii and co-produced by both the group and Peter Mayers (a force behind other pop artists like Sia, the Killers and more).
The group found success in 2008 with their album Walking on a Dream and the song of the same name and have since then become an indie hit. Comprised of Emperor Luke Steele and Lord Nick Littlemore, the Aussie duo give fans what they love – a bit of ‘80s sounds mixed in with pop. This album will have fans go back in time to a more innocent period, back when they were growing up without a digital life. Going back to nature is a theme of the album, which is why it’s titled Two Vines. Since it was partly recorded in Hawaii, you’re notice its mellow vibes that sort of make you want to get back with nature and soak up some sun – a refreshing experience given today’s crappy music landscape.
Two Vines’ lead single “High and Low” is a dance party number that will make you want to move and groove wherever you hear it. “There’s No Need” is a more looser love song that is so genuine, you’ll want to dedicate it to your loved one (their angelic vocals definitely make the track). Sure, a lot of the songs have some corny lyrics, but it’s all for making you feel good among the crazy, insane world we live in.
The track “ZZZ” is true to Empire of the Sun’s true sound, relying on heavy synths and more, which is what true, hardcore fans expect from them. The album is overall what you’d expect from the group and a great listen to when you’re driving or just relaxing and want to listen to feel good tunes!