LA duo's synth coated pop songs are a hit
Grace Carroll

15:24 9th August 2012

Capital Cities have a band name which makes it difficult to find them – plugging it into Google is likely to come up with many websites which have a lot to do with London and Paris and nothing to do with the band. Still, if you manage to stumble across the band’s website then you’re in luck.

What we’re trying to say is that the LA pop duo are not to be missed. Their songs are all coated liberally with synths which manage to drive the anthemic, bright pop melodies without detracting from them. Take ‘Safe and Sound’, for example – the insanely catchy single is energetic without overdoing it. Filled with hooks in the way only the best pop songs are, ‘Safe and Sound’ is exactly what the phrase ‘toe-tapping good’ was invented for, we promise.
Capital Cities also embody an endearing sort of irreverence for classic pop songs. It’s difficult to cover a song everyone knows, particularly one by the greats, and make it sound new while also not completely destroying it (Miley Cyrus and your cover of ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’, we’re looking at you). Capital Cities, however, manage to do just that - as their recent cover of Prince’s ‘Nothing Compares 2 U’ goes to show, their previous cover of Madonna’s ‘Holiday’ wasn’t just a one off.
It’s not to say that they’ve improved upon the original of ‘Nothing Compares 2 U’, but they’ve certainly managed to put their own spin on it and turn the emotional ballad into something that still manages to resonate today.
With even Perez Hilton giving them his blessing (okay, that may not be a good thing), it’s clear that Capital Cities are destined to become bigger and better. Capital Countries, here they come...