3 Reasons Why You Should Listen To Capital Cities Now
Ryan Merchant and Sebu Simonian met through a Craigslist ad, wrote catchy ad jingles together in 2008, and formed the indie electro unit Capital Cities in 2010.
In 2011, they independently released an EP that included the song "Safe and Sound." The upbeat and lively tune went viral, gave them a lot of internet exposure, and built a strong and loyal following for the band. Just last year, Capital Cities released their first album In a Tidal Wave of Mystery, which included their first song and 13 other feel-good and LSS-inducing tracks.
Aside from winning the MTV Video Music Awards for Best Visual Effects and gaining a nomination in the Grammy Awards for Best Music Video both for the music video of "Safe and Sound", here are three other reasons why you should listen to Capital Cities now:
1. They break rules when writing songs.
Exhibit A: Their song "Farrah Fawcett Hair." The song is all about the good stuff with a lot of reference to the '80s, the decade when writers Ryan and Sebu came of age. They wrote the song without following the "normal" song structure and just had fun!
"That song is about the things in life that are undeniably good," Sebu explains, "it was the most experimental song in the album. We just throw away any rules as far as pop songwriting is concerned."
Ryan adds, "It was one of those songs that we break all rules and just do whatever we want. Really fun."
Make sure you listen closely to catch the iconic voice of Frank Tavares of the National Public Radio and Andre 3000.
2. Their music videos are artworks in themselves.
Proven by the nominations they got, their music videos for "Safe and Sound" and their second song "Kangaroo Court" tell stories and speak truths.
"As far as music video is concerned, whenever we write songs and when we release songs, we like to create a little world in these songs—so that people will engage with the music in a more thrilled way," Ryan says, "So they are not just listening to music, but we're actually bringing these visual components [so they can] connect more in the music."
3. They can bust some serious moves.
Seeing Sebu and Ryan dance in the music video of "Safe and Sound" is priceless! We would definitely want to see more of that in the future. The two even underwent dance lessons under well-known choreographer Mandy Moore for the music video.
"The two of us were in the studio every day, for two weeks just learning these different styles," Ryan narrates of their experience, "Sebu hurt his leg during that process, but managed to take painkillers on the day of the shoot to get through it."
"All that dancing you see me doing is in an injured Achilles' heel," Sebu adds, "That's how good I am, you can't even tell!"
Capital Cities' debut album In a Tidal Wave of Mystery is now available in all major music stores.
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To the Person Who Does Not Know Any 1D Song
By: CJ Reyno
Never in my wildest dream I imagined to meet someone who does not know a single One Direction song or who does not even know, Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson, Liam Payne, Niall Horan, and err… Zayn Malik. How did you spend your teenagehood without listening to their songs? The disrespect to my #StyPayHorLikSon. My initial reaction, Vas Happenin’?
Since I was 12 years old, that was way back on 2012, One Direction songs have been my official life soundtrip, my go-to songs whenever I feel happy, sad, mad, excited, and etch. I can still remember how people went crazy just to attend their concert here in the Philippines. I must admit, I was one of those. LOL. The group was also dubbed as, “The Biggest Boyband in the World”. They were an era. You really left me in awe when you told me that you do not know a single One Direction song. Their songs are gold. But I was a little hopeful when a new messaged popped up on our conversation, “Hey I know one, Make You Beautiful”.
You do not know how my world collapsed after reading your message. I would like to say that I appreciate the effort, thanks, but they do not have a song entitled, Make You Beautiful, because it is, What Makes You Beautiful. I tried to explain but you said that they are just the same. (Tip: Never fight with a Directioner when it comes to this because we will not let our guards down). No! They are not the same. How can you make this big mistake? LOL. What Makes You Beautiful is One Direction’s debut song. Almost everyone knows this, “you’re insecure, don’t know what for,” ring a bell? The music video of this surpassed 1 billion views on Youtube. On my 21 years of existence, you are the very first person who told me this “I-Thought-It-Was-A-Joke-But-You-Are-Serious” statement.
As a persuasive fangirl, I thought to myself that I should make you appreciate their music, that you should know that it is What Makes You Beautiful, not Make You Beautiful. The group may be in hiatus but their music is and will always remain superior. You are hard-headed lad. We even when to the point where you challenged me to treat so I can make you watch their music video. Am I even surprised that I agreed to this? HAHA. I feel like an agent trying to persuade her customer to buy a property on our company. You do not know how happy I was when you sent me your video listening to What Makes You Beautiful. I felt like I successfully closed a deal with my client. Not to exaggerate but I really jumped because of happiness after watching your video. It was the first message I checked that morning. Thank you for your effort, so much appreciated. Funny how our conversation starts with your innocence on One Direction until it goes deeper and last longer. Up All Nigh conversations which turned to almost Midnight Memories. Ironic how a Directioner had developed an admiration on someone who dislikes her favorite boys? Just like One Direction’s song, Change My Mind, “Never felt like this before. Are we friends or are we more?” I guess, like Liam’s line on Love You Goodbye, “It's inevitable everything that's good comes to an end. It's impossible to know if after this we can still be friends.”
I was happy that I made you listen to One Direction. At least I made you appreciate and made you aware that there is a song called, What Makes You Beautiful, not Make You Beautiful. I am happy that you already found your Girl Almighty. Wish me luck on finding my Summer Love. xoxo, Your Directioner friend
Here's a fan art that I made for Lee Joo Young of Itaewon class! I've been making digital illustration since last year and I'm happy that I was able to see my improvements. I'm also happy to see people's reactions and support for my craft even though all of it are made through my phone (adobe illustrator) only ????. You don't actually have to use expensive or complicated medium as long as you know how to be creative and like what you're doing, then you can do it. ????