By Gladys Oliva |Staff Writer|
After three long years, Empire of the Sun dropped their new album, “Two Vines” on Oct. 28.
The band is known for having a unique sound that falls under various genres like electronic, dance-rock and pop.
Their songs are upbeat and contain a playful vibe that makes you want to go back to summer.
The Australian duo have two previous albums that were successful, they first debuted their hit single “Walking On A Dream” in 2008, which hit the Top 25 hits in their home country and Billboard’s Top 100 Hits and later in 2013 they released a second album “Ice On The Dune.”
For their new album “Two Vines,” Luke Steele and Nick Littlemore decided to keep their original sound by having lots of vocal melodies and adding plenty of beats with electronic pianos and guitars throughout their songs.
Steele explains, “Each record, you explore how much further you can go. We’re always talking about that unexplainable feeling of waking up on a long beach and the sun’s rising.”
This record might give you the feeling of being sea side, since it was mostly recorded in Honolulu at the Hawaii’s Avex Studios.
However, the songs weren’t the only thing that seemed buoyant, the album cover consisted of bright colors, trees, and a huge waterfall.
Littlemore explains the message of the cover, “image of a modern city overtaken by jungle, almost like mother nature taking back the planet.”
The first single on album is a dance track called, “High and Low” which keeps the duos unique high tempo and pulsing beats.
It’s a song that would make a road-trip fun with it’s contagious energy and lyrics, “Down where the summer and the late nights last forever/ theres a house on the hill and we can’t travel now.”
This line triggers listeners to reminisce about the long summer nights which were worry and care free. the only important thing in mind was having fun.
The second hit track is named, “Theres No Need,” which of course keep the electronic beats but is more on the calm side with the vocals, “I think I said goodbye to my soul tonight I think I lost the touch of us behind.”
It sounds as if the duo is describing a heartbreak by expressing the feeling after someone says good bye to a loved one, it feels like you said said goodbye to your soul as well.
“I’ve listened to their new album and I love how they still have a danceable track but decided to throw in some calm songs in there as well.” said student Jasmine Gonzalez.
She’s also impressed by the fact that Empire Of The Sun has not changed their style of music, instead they have stayed consistent throughout all three albums.
Empire Of The Sun managed to remain true to their sound and make life feel positive through the beat of their songs.
I would without a doubt give this album five stars, let us know what you rate “Two Vines” at @CSUSBChronicle.