Empire of the Sun: Two Vines review – a delicious, boggle-eyed mess

(Virgin EMI)

Now that even Lady Gaga is mournfully hosing off the greasepaint, it’s a joy to hear Empire of the Sun still making unashamedly boggle-eyed, bewigged concept albums. Two Vines is, of course, about nature’s benign-Triffid reclamation of city life. More importantly, it’s about giant headdresses, talking nonsense in interviews, and making music that hurtles towards infinite horizons on hoverboards during a summer’s day that lasts a year (1976, presumably). True, if Walking on a Dream gave you aural diabetes, this proffers cure by chocolate. Yes, it’s over-AutoTuned, and the ballads are still rubbish. But this somehow smooshes Cut Copy, ELO and Daft Punk into a honeyed mess that leaves you licking the bowl and twitching for more.

Watch the video for High and Low by Empire of the Sun.


Damien Morris

The GuardianTramp

Related Content

Empire of the Sun: Ice on the Dune – review
The second album by this unlikeliest of dance-pop duos eclipses their superb 2008 debut, writes Phil Mongredien

Phil Mongredien

22, Jun, 2013 @11:04 PM

Article image
SZA: Control review – dreamy and delicious insights into vulnerability

Tara Joshi

11, Jun, 2017 @6:59 AM

Article image
James: Living in Extraordinary Times review – big songs and bug-eyed passion
(Sunday Best)

Damien Morris

05, Aug, 2018 @6:59 AM

Article image
US Girls: Bless This Mess review – bodies, birth and dating pains
Meg Remy’s life-changing experiences colour a scattershot album that works best the closer it sticks to straightforward pop

Phil Mongredien

26, Feb, 2023 @3:00 PM

Article image
Petite Meller: Lil Empire review – house-pop with a creepy aesthetic

Kitty Empire

18, Sep, 2016 @6:59 AM

Article image
The Big Chill – review
Rapper Kanye West's full-on performance at the Big Chill left us with plenty to talk about, writes Akin Ojumu

Akin Ojumu

13, Aug, 2011 @11:04 PM

Article image
Prince: Originals review – delicious demos from the vaults
(Warner Bros/Tidal)

Emily Mackay

23, Jun, 2019 @7:00 AM

Black Eyed Peas: The Beginning – review
Black Eyed Peas deliver another set of soon-to-be-ubiquitous party songs, discovers Hermione Hoby

Hermione Hoby

05, Dec, 2010 @12:05 AM

Pop review: Empire of the sun, Walking on a Dream

Luke Steele's old act were great, writes Alex Denney. Greater, certainly, than his current one

Alex Denney

15, Feb, 2009 @12:01 AM

Article image
The week in theatre: Me and My Girl; Dusty review – daft, delicious and irresistible
Timeworn tropes prove irresistible as Chichester does the Lambeth Walk, while Katherine Kingsley’s singing overcomes a galumphing script in Dusty

Susannah Clapp

15, Jul, 2018 @7:00 AM