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.
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!
Unbelievers – Vampire Weekend
Lose Yourself to Dance – Daft Punk feat. Pharrell
4. The Kanye single that will inevitably change the way we think about music for a decade.