Safe And Sound by Capital Cities
Safe & Sound is the way to go, if at all possible. That’s the message of the upbeat song and video performed by the indie rock duo known as Capital Cities.
The video opens in a theater or performance hall where a clock is seen where the hands dial was backward and then introduces a dancer mimicking the hands of the clock going counterclockwise, portraying the message of dialing back time.
There were also retro dance scenes showing 70’s and 80’s vintage break dancing, along with attire and moves conveying a longing for yesteryear and it’s simplicity. At the same time, more modern dance sequences served to showcase the pop dazzle and sizzle of today’s shimmy shake. Striped sweaters and plaid shirts buttoned up to the top also depict the dial back theme.
It’s hard not to imagine that many of the viewers are possibly Baby Boomers who experienced that former era firsthand, but have lived to see the new dynamics of today. The boogie style of dance is another giveaway, for getting one’s dance-on meant something entirely different back in the day and looked more than a tad funky even then.
The video is a marvelous study in contrasts, even showing the East Coast versus West Coast rivalry in a decent manner. Some black and white scenes become colorized, giving it a time-lapse aspect. There’s a little bling, mixed with a little plain; and even black and white TV scenes convey the message of comparisons.
A pop of color with sepia and black and white proved to be a dynamic mix, it’s almost four minutes to razzle dazzle along with a diving line of austerity. It doesn’t flow like every other music video, there are creative elements that make it very engaging; even enthralling. The retro versus the modern created a compare and contrast aspect that can provoke memories, longings, flashbacks and even a tinge of that green phenomenon known as envy.
The video ends with an opening night scene, closing out with yet another nostalgic contrast. The message seems to be that there are some good things about the past and some good things about the present; and if we keep things in perspective we can remain balanced.
In addition to peaking at the number one spot on the German Singles chart, the song has been used in a commercial for German Vodafone and a promotional video for Diabetes Hand Foundation’s Big Blue Test. The song is included in the album titled In the Tidal Wave of Mystery. It was recorded in Capitol Records (Los Angeles), under their Lazy Hooks label. Writers/Producers Sebu Simonian and Ryan Merchant brought their incredible talents to the project.
The official follow-up video of the song, directed by Grady Hall, was released on April 25, 2013. This video is set in an Art deco style theater with Capital Cities performing on stage as pictures and film clips of various dancers from the theater’s century long history come to life, and compete in head-to-head dance-offs.