We’re all really going to hate “Safe and Sound” by Capital Cities come August. The single from this LA-based duo is actually two years old, but you know how these things happen — the song is quickly gaining momentum and has become a staple on alt-rock radio stations across the country.  The song is catchy as hell and seems to capture what is so great about this golden age of indie-electro dance rock.

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While “Safe and Sound” picks up momentum, Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky” seems to be slowing down.  This is an interesting phenomena.  Following the Coachella ad and subsequent internet fake/real leaks, “Get Lucky” was about the only thing you heard for a week.  The song seemed so ripe for repetition that there is even a one-hour-loop version so you don’t have to keep scrolling back to 0:01 every so often.

But what made “Get Lucky” so damn repeatable; it’s disco-infused rhythm courtesy of Nile Rodgers is proving to be a double-edged sword.  Consider this: when every 18-34 year-old got their hands on “Get Lucky” at the same time last month the internet-nation collectively unabashedly over-played the song.

This sort of thing can happen with singles from highly-anticipated albums, but what makes “Get Lucky” different is that its repeatability proved intense but ultimately finite.  As I write this a month later, listening to the single reminds me of the week of April 18th and that’s a problem.  There has been many a column inch wasted on the acceleration of culture in our internet age and yet I think the release and subsequent over-playing of “Get Lucky” may prove one of the best examples of this ADD-driven phenomena.

Which is why I believe “Safe and Sound” is a better pick for the song of summer 2013.  As I write this now, I’m sure there’s an intern at Taco Bell corporate who is suggesting they use Capital Cities in their next commercial and it’s only a matter of time before the NBA on TNT cuts to break with a rap remix featuring Taylor Gang.

So let’s all enjoy it before it gets appropriated for commercial use, over-played by nû-rock DJs and your weird cousin posts a low-quality YouTube version on her weird Tumblr.

That said, I still thoroughly enjoy the track. As indie-pop begins to emerge as the dominant sub-genre in the pop-music landscape (save your T-Swifts and K-Perrys), indie-electro acts are being closely monitored by taste maker blogs eager to find another feel-good, scream-at-the-top-of-your-lungs-on-a-warm-California-afternoon single. Let’s just hope it’s not another one from fun.(I don’t know how to punctuate this so I had to add this parenthetical).

If you don’t want a 38-year-old alt-rock disc jockey defining your summer, that’s quite understandable.  Here are my top four Summer Jam picks:

Dumb Disco Ideas – Holy Ghost!

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Unbelievers – Vampire Weekend

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Lose Yourself to Dance – Daft Punk feat. Pharrell

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4. The Kanye single that will inevitably change the way we think about music for a decade.