Review: Two Vines by Empire of the Sun

Two Vines by Empire of the SunWhen they released Ice on the Dune back in 2013, it felt like Empire of the Sun had hit a wall. Capturing imaginations with their debut single “Walking on a Dream”, it felt like they tried to recreate the magic, and with their last album one can argue they dialed the glam up a bit too much. Two Vines, then, was that much-needed rethink – and while the results may not be life-changing, you feel invigorated anyway. They feel invigorated enough to dial things down while keeping their sound. Two Vines has this mellow feel that suits the times more than their last album: that stuck out as a time warp; this feels comfortable, just right. Somewhat (perhaps unintentionally) following the lead of albums like M83’s Junk, Empire of the Sun mine 80s nostalgia in all its rose-colored sepia-shaded tones. Sometimes their old tendencies peek through – they can still sound cheesy – but this time it doesn’t seem to matter. The album will not move mountains, but considering what came before, Two Vines feels just right. [NB]3/5

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