This week in music history: 24th April

With experience in writing jingles, it’s no surprise that singers Ryan Merchant and Sebu Simonian produced a single which reached Number 8 in the US charts upon release, and fell just short of the UK Top 40. On April 25, 2013, the music video for the song in question – Safe and Sound – was uploaded to YouTube.

Sustained and bouncy synth melodies mix with chanting vocals in this electro-pop track, but by far, the most notable aspect of this single is the trumpet solo in the chorus. As wacky and expressive as the official music video, it saw the track break out from the formulaic style that other pop songs were adopting at the time in pursuit of something different.

Whilst pop as a genre isn’t usually something which we would cover here on Heterodox Music, their debut album – In a Tidal Wave of Mystery – is certainly more ‘heterodox’ in nature. You can certainly expect more saxophone solos and crazy electronica throughout the twelve tracks on the standard edition of the record.

Most recently, Capital Cities have released the single Vowels, taken from their upcoming second album. Be sure to follow them on Facebook and Twitter to be the first to find out when it’s out.

Watch the official music video for Safe and Sound below:


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