Capital Cities - In a Tidal Wave of Mystery
May 22, 2023
Come one come all! Join me into a journey of nostalgia and pleasure into an album that has had a special place in my heart, "In a Tidal Wave of Mystery".

This album is the electrifying debut album by the American indie pop duo, Capital Cities. I find it exploding with catchy hooks, infectious beats, and a fusion of diverse musical influences primarily from THE Daft Punk, this album takes me on a joyous and danceable ride from start to finish.

One of the standout features of this record is Capital Cities' ability to seamlessly blend different genres into their music. I think they effortlessly incorporate elements of synth-pop, indie rock, and even touches of electronic and dance music. This genre-blending approach gives the album a fresh and distinctive sound that sets it apart from many contemporary releases.

The opening track, "Safe and Sound," is easily my favorite. Not only does it immediately grabs your attention with its vibrant trumpet melody and irresistible rhythm, but it holds a special place in my heart. No song better recreates the summer of 2013 for me. From the first note, I am immediately taken back to a time much simpler than now, and worries were none. The song is a time machine for me, where as for three minutes and thirteen seconds, I am in a happy place between second and third grade. In general It's an upbeat anthem that perfectly sets the tone for the rest of the album. The song's infectious energy is carried throughout the record, keeping me engaged and eager to explore what's next.

Capital Cities' songwriting shines brightly on this album. As if nostalgia didn't already establish itself for personal reasons, their lyrics often tackle themes of love, youthful exuberance, and self-discovery, but with a twist of whimsy and clever wordplay. Tracks like "Kangaroo Court" and "Farrah Fawcett Hair" showcase their knack for crafting catchy, sing-along choruses that stick in your head long after the music stops. Also shoutout to three stacks, that man can SING!!!

The duo's production skills also deserve recognition. They create lush and layered soundscapes, with each track boasting a rich sonic palette that keeps the music engaging and immersive. Whether it's the pulsating synths or the infectious dance rhythms, the production on this album is top-notch.

While the majority of the album maintains a high level of energy and excitement, Capital Cities also deliver a few moments of respite. "Center Stage" is a serene and introspective ballad that showcases the duo's ability to create intimate and emotional moments amidst the lively atmosphere. These quieter moments provide a nice contrast and balance to the overall vibe of the album.

If there's one slight drawback, it's that the tracks on the album get progressively worse. While the album as a whole is enjoyable, it feels as if the back half of the album lacks the same level of impact and memorability. Nevertheless, this minor flaw does not detract significantly from the overall quality of "In a Tidal Wave of Mystery."

In conclusion, "In a Tidal Wave of Mystery" is an impressive debut album by Capital Cities. With its infectious melodies, genre-blending sound, and clever songwriting, the duo delivers an immensely enjoyable musical experience. It's a feel-good record that will make you want to dance, sing along, and revel in the wave of positive energy it brings. I find it very enjoyable and I think this is one of the most slept on albums of the 2010's. Whether you're a fan of indie pop, electronic music, or simply looking for an album that will lift your spirits, "In a Tidal Wave of Mystery" is definitely worth a listen.

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