Empire of the Sun’s new track isn’t so much a journey. It’s a trip.
“High and Low,” the first song lifted from the glitter dance-pop act’s third album Two Vines, is a straight-up party tune which flows with melodies, synths and good times.
You know where it’s heading when frontman Luke Steele drains the psychedelic lyric, “Alice D you’re on your way up/Way up/Way up,” then drops the chorus: “I feel most times we’re high and low/If I had my way, never let you go.”
“High and Low” will remind fans of “Ice on the Dune,” the title track and one of the standouts from Empire of the Sun’s sophomore album from 2013.
The Aussie duo (Steele and Nick Littlemore) has been full of surprises since arriving in 2008 with an array of hook-filled electro pop songs and extravagant costumes. “Walking on a Dream,” the title track from their multiple APRA and ARIA award-winning debut album, cracked the Hot 100 earlier in 2016 for the first time, some six years after first becoming a chart hit. It’s currently No. 1 on Billboard & Clio’s Top TV Commercials chart, thanks to its placement in Honda’s “The Dreamer” ad.
The band teased their second album mercilessly with a campaign which included a perplexing trailer, a motion poster, online puzzles and near-indecipherable messages from their support squad. Both albums have sold a combined 3 million copies, according to reps. Two Vines was announced this week with little fanfare.
The new album was recorded in Hawaii and Los Angeles and co-produced by Empire Of The Sun and Peter Mayes (Sia, The Killers, Mika), alongside Long term collaborator, Donnie Sloan (Midnight To Monaco). It’s due on Astralwerks on Oct. 28.
Listen to “High and Low” below.