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Capital Cities – Nothing Compares 2 U

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Love is treated as this whole big, amorphous concept that no one can quite explain. Is it physical? Opposites attract? Pheromones? Genetic? It’s the soul?

Who knows, and frankly, who cares?

When you’re in love, the answer is obvious. And it’s circular. Love is what I feel for that person. Your feeling becomes the definition. How I feel now is love.

Everyone experiences love in a different way. Everyone experiences everything in their own way. My orange might be your blue, but neither one of us would ever know the difference. Some love is quiet and contained, some is loud and sloppy; some is serious and some is humorous.

But one aspect of love is constant across the spectrum:

When you love someone, nothing compares to them. Nothing. That’s my definition. Take it as you will.

Capital Cities – Nothing Compares 2 U

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Capital Cities – Nothin’ Compares 2 U

To identify with a track means several things. One, you are trusting in an artists’ capability to dictate your emotions. This is first and foremost. Two, you feel something while listening to the track. That’s the part where your emotions are in someone else’s hands. Whether you feel terribly, euphoric, or like listening to the same track all day, acknowledge those emotions. Let the lyrics permeate your soul if you start to feel one way, and sink in all the way. You have nothing to lose.

Capital Cities tackles the noteworthy Sinead O’Connor track with a funky and loving edge. There’s nothing ballad about this song, except perhaps for the breakdown at the chorus. I wouldn’t even call that ballad-like. It’s more of a build-up to a steep and steady mellow flow, complete with trumpet and tambourine. The ending is just as abrupt as the shift from fast-paced funky to dramatic lyrical admittance. By beginning with a distant beat that comes in after the first :23 seconds, the song slowly winds up to an already timeless and happy masterpiece.

To be compared to a past lover is to continue living in one direction, which is fine in some regards. But for the purpose of where I’m at in life right now, it causes me to reflect. There’s nothing that we can do about emotions, all we can do is acknowledge them. We must, it’s only when we deny that we hurt ourselves more. So if you’re all hung up on an aspect of the past, be hung up on it. But like Mollie said in last week’s Aretha Franklin post, if you’re a step ahead at all times by being aware, then you’re a step in the right direction. Not that I’m suffering heartbreak necessarily at this moment, but that notion can be applied to any emotional aspect of life. And I think it’s one that’s always best kept in mind.

What are you hung up on this week? I hope it’s something that you aren’t denying. Embrace it, and keep moving forward.

Capital Cities – Nothin’ Compares 2 U

 

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Capital Cities – Holiday (Madonna Cover)

Sup folks, we’ve got something very special for you all today… A very exclusive cover of Madonna’s Celebrate from LA’s Capital Cities. To put it simply, the track is fresh. The band has just finished touring South America and they are 98.7’s band of the month and after listening to this and their new self-titled EP there’s no question why. The production is top notch and they make a breezy, mature and refined brand of electro-pop that’s hard to resist. All 5 tracks on the EP are on point so it’s safe to say these guys will catch fire in the next few months for sure.

Holiday was Madonna’s first hit single and regardless of how you feel about pop music you’d have to be a terribly miserable and jaded individual to not feel good when the track is on. It charted top 20 in billboard while also doing very well in Europe so it goes without saying if you’re going to cover an international smash hit you better know what you’re doing. Capital Cities gives the track a beloved nu-disco make over while faithfully capturing the songs celebratory disposition in a way that just makes you feel fantastic. The hook explodes with those synths and irresistible guitars – these guys know what they’re doing.

I played this at a gig at a Malibu beach house last weekend and I dropped this right as the sun was setting and man did it feel good. On my way back I ended racing a Gt3 on Pacific Highway with this in the background and I warn you all, don’t play this while you’re driving fast because when that hook kicks in you’re going to floor it and go into a state of pure uncontrollable joy.

Now more than ever I find myself in a passionate love affair with working, creating and contributing. Nothing, I mean absolutely nothing good can be achieved without focus, determination, passion and hard work. If you think differently you’re in for a big surprise. That’s why it’s so important to love what you do because you have to be able to dive in at an almost spiritual level in order to be exceptional. Going that hard makes those moments of relaxation, those times when you hang with friends, those occasions with your family, those holidays that much more worth it.

Anyways, the band is playing their Close To Home Show at the Viper Room this coming Monday January 30th, so if you happen to be in the Los Angeles area you should definitely go check the technique, enjoy.

Capital Cities – Holiday (Madonna Cover)