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Album Review

The full-length debut album from Los Angeles' Capital Cities, 2013's In a Tidal Wave of Mystery is an infectious mix of synth-heavy dance pop. These musically ambitious productions touch upon '80s new wave and '70s disco in the band’s own unique, lo-fi way. In fact, part of the album’s charm is that many of the songs here sound like keyboard-heavy demos that were perhaps meant to be fleshed out with various instruments but never were. Hence, the preponderance of synth trumpet, digital strings, and other extremely old-school-sounding electronic samples. The result is that the album brings to mind the early, innovative electronic music of artists who were earnestly taken with the explicitly computer-generated sounds of the modern wonder that was the synthesizer, like Level 42 and Giorgio Moroder. In that sense, In a Tidal Wave of Mystery fits in nicely alongside the works of such similarly inclined indie pop contemporaries as AM & Shawn Lee, MGMT, Phoenix, and the Strokes' Julian Casablancas' solo work. Featured on the album is the Top Ten radio hit "Safe and Sound." [A Deluxe Edition with four bonus tracks was also released.]

Customer Reviews

My new jam

I make jam with this song. I really like it. Awesome beats and voice, great music videos also.....I hope u get famous

Master Piece

Every single song is fantastic! Definitely upbeat. The best I’ve heard in a while.

A Good Revelation to the Music 👍

Oh, i don't see a album better than this. (With 21-Adele as a exception) This is an amazing electronic album, and is cool how this guys use the trumpets in every song and sounds amazing. It's a powerful album, unique, smart, funny, unbelievable, with so much energy. 100% qualify. My favourites are Safe and Sound, Patience Gets Us Nowhere Fast, Kangoroo Court, and CHARTREUSE👍👍👍💚


Formed: 2011 in Los Angeles, CA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '10s

Los Angeles indie electro unit Capital Cities first came together as a duo of composer/songwriters Ryan Merchant and Sebu Simonian. The two were initially working as jingle writers and met on craigslist in 2011. Shortly after meeting, they released an EP online, which included the song "Safe and Sound," an upbeat mesh of programming and melody that went viral and gained the act a lot of Internet exposure. Eventually, Merchant and Simonian were joined by bassist Manny Quintero, trumpeter Spencer Ludwig,...
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