July 10 6:15 PM by Ashley Terrill
Indie-pop duo Capital Cities, made up of Ryan Merchant and Sebu Simonian,
are optimists at heart. The band was catapulted onto the music scene
after the release of "Safe and Sound" in 2011, which was accompanied
by a very memorable music video: Merchant and Simonian finesse their
way through a century of iconic dance moves—from foxtrotting to
breakdancing. Now, they boast a full-length studio album, In a Tidal
Wave of Mystery, released under Capitol Records.
"Things aren’t perfect, but I think, in general, we [as the
human race] are going to be fine,” said Merchant, the co-conspirator
behind this summer’s inescapable dance beat.
"It’s a very optimistic song and a reflection—both
within the production and lyrics—of the optimism that Sebu and
I have. We are optimistic about the direction of the human race."
The singer added, "We wanted to communicate [all of this optimism]
with a piece of music.”
What might be the Los Angeles-based outfit's secret to recent success?
Merchant cited their stream-of-consciousness songwriting style that
reads as a simple list of the duo's favorite things. “We have
a song called, 'Farrah Fawcett Hair.' The track is about undeniably
good things, like Nutella, Daniel Day-Lewis, and Farrah Fawcett hair.”
With Capital Cities' In a Tidal Wave of Mystery out now, their ongoing
"Dancing With Strangers Tour" tour, and a love for all things
Nutella and Farrah Fawcett, it would seem that they really do have a
lot to be cheerful about. Catch the happy-go-lucky band make a late-night
appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! tonight.