Two years after I posted “Safe and Sound“, the electro-dance-pop-joy single by Capital Cities, they’ve hit the number one charts for Modern Pop and are selling out shows on their North American tour, including stops at Bonnaroo and Toronto’s Edgefest 2013.
And now their debut album, In A Tidal Wave Of Mystery, is out and I’m listening to it now. And clearly, I love it. These two dudes have managed to recreate the easy-breezy rock your socks off, Summer-synth sounds on every track of this album. Kick ass, right? From the main track we all know and love (aka “Safe and Sound”), the album starts with a bang. Everytime I hear this track I feel like I am going home, because of some great memories associated with it over the last two years. And then we run right into the light and airy “Patience Gets Us Nowhere Fast”, which is slightly faster but has less of an intensity. Its got shorter syncopations in the synths and an echoing, ringing high end chime or synth that makes this track feel like there’s a little more sunshine in the top end…mixed with the breeze you might feel if you were driving in a classic red convertible with the top down, along the West Coast (I picture a tall and imposing rock face on one side of the road, and a sharp drop off to ocean on the other).
What’s really cool about the album is that there is a sense of familiarity to it, partially due to the fact that they managed to keep their electro-dance-pop sound, as I mentioned before. Part of that is also because I know a few of the tracks, like “Kangaroo Court“.
The album has got enough dance to it that you won’t mind busting a move, but you can also rock out to this Summer album in the background while you’re bbq’ing some mixed veg and enjoying a Mill Street brew. In other words, its kind of like the perfect Summer album.
If you haven’t been following Capital Cities since I originally posted “Safe and Sound”, then shame on you! Just joking, but now is the time to get on board. This album might just be my favourite Summer album for 2013…at least that’s how it’s shaping up right now!
So check it out, support these two on iTunes and check out their shows if you can! I’m going to see if I can get to Edgefest. You can catch Capital Cities on Conan tonight for their debut TV performance, and in the meantime, enjoy their tunes and this live video.