Musical Discovery: ‘Vowels’ by Capital Cities

Most people know Capital Cities for their single, Safe and Sound. The fuzzy synth combined with groovy guitar riffs and trumpet melodies really helped the duo’s release climb up the charts. Now, the band return with their new single, Vowels.

The release comes at a time when a new brand of funk is on the rise. It won’t be long before the music scene changes, and Major Lazer, Kygo and other tropical house DJs may have to take a step back from the limelight.

Capital Cities made the right choice with choosing Vowels as their first single from their new album. If they wanted to return with new music which would be as successful as Safe and Sound, then they needed a track which mimics its memorable lyrics, soulful trumpet melodies. Thankfully, with its laid-back minimalism and simplicity, Vowels is a refreshing look back at the band’s debut, whilst building upon the style they have now formed.

First of all, the chorus only contains the lyrics: “A-A, Oh-Oh, E-E, Ooh“. Yes, it actually is a section of the song with nothing but vowels. It may be a little disappointing, but it’s catchy, which will work in their favour. Aside from that, we hear a plucky guitar intro alongside a fluttering backing synth. The bridge sees a build-up of the funk style with a buzzing trumpet tune. We even hear a more detailed solo towards the end of the track which really develops the song further.

It’s been three years since their debut album, In A Tidal Wave of Mystery, was released. Capital Cities really needed to jog people’s memories and release an impressive new single. With Vowels, they certainly haven’t failed.

What do you think of Capital Cities’ new single? Are you looking forward to new music from them? Is it the return you were waiting for? Comment below!
Liam

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