On the Rise: Capital Cities 'Safe and Sound(ly)' ascend Billboard's Hot 100
rock and pop
May 30, 2013
By: Lucas Villa

Having conquered countries abroad with “Safe and Sound,” alternative pop act Capital Cities is now translating that single's success stateside. The L.A.-based duo's infectious synth-pop track jumps to no. 81 this week on Billboard's Hot 100, the music chart company reported on Thursday.

Ryan Merchant and Sebu Simonian, the guys behind Capital Cities, originally wrote commercial jingles for big companies before honing those skills on “Safe and Sound.” The feel good pop track first found success abroad, hitting the top five in Austria, Germany, Mexico, and other countries.

Capital Cities is now making noise in the U.S. “Safe and Sound” impacted the bottom of Billboard's all-genre Hot 100 a month ago and this week it moves from no. 90 to no. 81. Top 40 radio is also showing support for the little tune that could with its debut at no. 38 on the Pop Songs tally.

Capital Cities "Safe and Sound".

On “Safe and Sound,” Capital Cities mix synth-pop sensibilities with loving lyricism. “Even if the sky is falling down, I know that we'll be safe and sound,” the two members croon over the track's distinct and triumphant horn. The music video for “Safe and Sound” is just as feel good as the song itself with past and present party people grooving to the tune. On YouTube, the clip has so far accumulated 1.3 million views.

Capital Cities' debut album, “In a Tidal Wave of Mystery,” will be be released on June 4.