Electronic duo, Empire of the Sun have teamed up with Fleetwood Mac’s Lindsey Buckingham on their latest release from upcoming album, Two Vines. While this collaboration may seem surprising, (Buckingham is better known for his folky guitar sound), we must not forget that Fleetwood Mac made their own mark in the synth-pop world with Tango in the Night. The song, “To Her Door,” is unmistakably an Empire of the Sun track, but most closely reminiscent of the 1980’s Fleetwood Mac sound.
So far, the duo has teased Two Vines, their follow-up to Ice on the Dune, with the title track, and “High and Low.” With the release of “To Her Door, the duo spoke to NPR music about their plans for the new album. As can be seen on the record’s artwork, the musicians have envisioned an urban city overgrown with large vines. Always an outlandish pair, Empire of the Sun have sustained their creative image while working on new music in Hawaii at Honolulu’s Island Sound Studies.
As a third release, “To Her Door,” marks a special moment for the duo. Being long time fans of Buckingham, jamming and writing him him was a dream come true. The song speaks to the aftermath of a fight between two people in a relationship. The delicate backdrop of the guitar is a suiting soundtrack to an attempt to reconcile any drama that may have occurred: “I feel better when we’re together/I know it’s simple but I don’t care.” A light synth breaks into the track, reminding us that we are in fact listening to an electronic duo, but it stays subtle, allowing for the overall emotional value to stay at the forefront.
You can listen to “To Her Door,” on NPR Music here: