Get ready to bob your head along to the electro-pop sounds of Capital Cities. The duo, comprised of Ryan Merchant and Sebu Simonian, met after Simonian posted an ad on Craigslist for production work and Merchant responded. Eventually, Merchant brought Simonian over to a jingle house where the two composed music for advertising and commercial use.
Moving from San Francisco to Los Angeles to pursue a new act, Capital Cities signed to Capitol Records to debut a new full-length release in 2013. Listen to some of our favorite selections and watch them perform live for Yahoo! On the Road in Seattle on May 26.
“Safe and Sound” -- It’s a fact: that trumpet line was made to bury itself in your head. How long can you go without humming it>
“Postcards” -- Capital Cities collaborates with New York’s electro duo, Napoleon, to create a jingle perfect for catching sunrays.
“Patience Gets Us Nowhere Fast” -- This tune seems to sparkle and ooze bright neon.
“Beginnings” -- Even in this early track, Capital Cities’ pop genius is obvious. The duo leaves you wanting more as the song climbs over the crescendo, washing you away with waves of reverb.
“Center Stage” -- Heavy on the disco and supremely smooth.