Album of the Week: In a Tidal Wave of MysteryGeorge Spence-Jones reviews
an album by Capital Cities
George A Spence-Jones
Music - Friday October 18, 2013
Whilst we were all fussing
over the hottest and driest summer since 2006, something radiant happened
on the infinitely more weather-blessed West Coast of the US. I’m
not talking about the small yet progressive steps our darling cousins
are taking for gay rights, but I am in fact referring to the release
of Capital Cities’ true gem of a debut album, Iwn a Tidal Wave
The lyrical duo of Capital Cities, Ryan Merchant and Sebu Simonian (a
fabulous name only rivalled by his cracking beard), have produced an
album in which you will be taken on a veritable journey of upbeat and
feel-good electro inspired creations paired with languid and well-written
indie tunes. Their success in producing a diverse album makes for an
interesting and refreshing listen with great promise for their future.
[Inb4 jack of all trades].
Our opinion of music is often affected by the everyday, non-sonic stimuli.
For example, if we are experiencing the joys of love there are certain
songs that appeal to us and if the artist has fallen on hard times then
that can very much be apparent in the music. In this case, I believe
my opinion of the vocals is buoyed somewhat by the palpable bond between
Ryan and Sebu. In fact, this album is chock full of jaunty, get up and
go tunes which make you just want to grab your bff (Safe and Sound,
Origami). If you end up liking this album’s vibe, check out their
really funky covers of the classics Stayin’ Alive, Holiday and
Nothing Compares 2 U.
For those interested in music videos, Safe and Sound is certainly worth
its weight in gold. [On a charming aside, if anyone is a fan of vsauce
you will be familiar with how one might weigh a music video] Ok I digress.
Anyway, at first you think, “Ah! Dance styles from throughout
the ages and two chaps dancing ecstatically celebrating their successful
foray into the music scene; that’s cool.” But upon further
investigation (and I owe this insight to a particularly observant and
savvy West Coast gal) you realise that there was real talent behind
the elegant and seamless combination of the footage for the music video
which produces a simply incredible visual feast.
I will bring this review to a close with a tip of my top hat to the
promising Ryan and Sebu for this joy, thank you.