Following a three year gap, alt-electro pioneers, Empire of the Sun are set to release their third studio album, Two Vines on 28th October.
“There was an image we talked about very early on with this record, before we wrote the title track, ‘Two Vines’, and that was this image of a modern city overtaken by jungle, almost like mother nature taking back the planet,” explains Nicholas Littlemore, the co-pilot with Luke Steele of this project. “All the buildings will turn back to sand. All it will be is nature again. We wanted to make something that reflected the beauty of that.”
Recorded in Hawaii and Los Angeles, Two Vines was co-produced by Steele and Littlemore with Peter Mayes (Sia, The Killers, Mika), alongside long term collaborator, Donnie Sloan (Midnight To Monaco). Starting out as a duo, Empire of the Sun has now expanded their creative circle with esteemed pianist/arranger Henry Hey and bassist Tim Lefebvre, from David Bowie’s Blackstar band, featuring heavily on the album. Two Vines also boasts contributions from the likes of Wendy Melvoin of Prince’s Revolution and Fleetwood Mac’s Lindsey Buckingham, making for a varied and colourful canvas.
“Going to Hawaii to record was the best idea,” says Luke Steele of sessions at Honolulu’s Avex Studios, where Kanye West holed-up to make My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy in 2010. “That was the catalyst for me. I’d spend the morning surfing then roll in and make music into the night.”
Whilst the band have been absent from Australian shores, their constant US touring has continued to build a huge audience and profile with the band most recently selling out the prestigious Hollywood Bowl. Their live show has become the highlight of many global festivals with its larger-than-life production featuring stunning visuals, dancing swordfish girls, cryo-bazookas and otherworldly special effects.
Two Vines is set for release on 28th October from EMI and can be pre-ordered here.