Capital Cities is an American pop duo from Los Angeles, California, formed in 2010 by Ryan Merchant and Sebu Simonian. First appearing on the band’s independently released self-titled EP in 2011 and later featured on their 2013 debut album In a Tidal Wave of Mystery, “Safe and Sound” ultimately proved irresistible as the track reached no. 1 on alternative radio and no. 2 on Billboard’s Mainstream Top 40 chart. Meanwhile, its video—a glorious celebration of dance crazes from across the eras—earned a Grammy Award nomination for Best Music Video and won the Best Visual Effects prize at the MTV Video Music Awards.