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Wake Forest University/Winston-Salem
Capital Cities’ debut album
Capital cities is unlike most current bands today. Hailing from L.A., the front man duo of Ryan Merchant and Sebu Simonian (yes they have two vocalists) have created a unique sound that permeates their first record, “In a Tidal Wave of Mystery.”
The first thing I noticed about this album was their clever titles,which include the album name itself and songs such as “I Sold my Bed but not my Stereo.” The cover art features a variety of creatures floating space, such as a tiger, a walrus and a a whale with wings. Capital Cities certainly does a good job at capturing our interest.
As a whole, the record is mellow, upbeat, and very indie sounding. While some songs, especially the second half of the album, begin to sound the same, most of the songs have their own unique appeal.
The first half of the album
is certainly the strongest. That half includes the single “Safe
and Sound,” which is the best song on the entire album. Other
stand out songs include “Patience Gets us Nowhere Fast,”
“I Sold my Bed but not my Stereo,” and “Center Stage.”