“Safe and Sound,” the first single from Capital Cities, has quickly found an audience, currently resting at #1 on the Billboard Alternative Songs chart. The song’s got a dance floor/club sound to it (synths!), while at the same-time being l0-fi enough to qualify it for the indie crowd. Brilliant move.
In a lot of ways, “Safe and Sound” sounds like the Scissor Sisters minus the falsetto and posturing of Jake Shears, along with a little bit of “Penny Lane” trumpet thrown in for good measure. Or maybe even like Queen on “Radio GaGa.” It comes together better than one would think (could there be a Scissor Sisters without Shears???), but it will be very interesting to see what the band comes up with next. The band’s songwriters, Ryan Merchant and Sebu Simonian, were jingle-writers before starting Capital Cities, so they’ll presumably have something catchy.
Rating: 4 out of 5
Author: Ryan King
Ryan King began covering music in 2004 for the Arrow, the student newspaper at Southeast Missouri State University, eventually becoming Managing Editor at that publication. He is also the former Music Editor for OFF! Magazine, an alternative publication published by the Southeast Missourian. Ryan began writing for The Music Universe when launched, but has stepped away to focus on law. He may appear from time to time for reviews.