Buh-Bye Winter Blahs with new music from In My Coma, Keane, Alex York, Baiyu, Low Level Flight, and Andy Grammer

The sounds of the post-grunge mid-90s appear to be getting a second lease on life, if music from In My Coma’s new album Magnets & Miracles is any indication.  The tight and melodic three piece band out of Toronto, consisting of powerful lead vocalist and guitarist Jasper James, bassist/vocalist Laura Doll, and drummer Mike Paterson, brings that sound up to date, fuses it with other 80s and 90s influences ranging from The Smiths to Tool, and marries it all with interesting and original lyrics.  Best songs within are the radio-worthy “Believe Me” (check out the imaginative video below), the R.E.M. meets I Mother Earth stylings of “Losing Sleep”, “Hit Them Down Kid”, and “Lined Up Locked Away”.

With other noteworthy supporters like new music guru Alan Cross touting their talents, it’s no wonder that In My Coma has the professionalism to get themselves gigs in Toronto no less than three times this week.  It’s refreshing to hear some rocking domestic ear candy like In My Coma.  Get Magnets & Miracles on iTunes and listen to it below streaming on Soundcloud.  Check out In My Coma on Sunday March 18 at The Rivoli, Wednesday March 21 at The Ballroom as part of Independent Music Night 2012, and Thursday March 22 at The Painted Lady as part of Canadian Music Week.

Keane “Silenced By The Night”

After three terrific albums, I felt that British quartet Keane had a bit of a boring sidestep two years ago with the EP Night Train, which stylistically seemed all over the map.  They’ve returned to true pop form on “Silenced By The Night”, which is from the upcoming Strangeland album due in May.  It’s classic Keane, right on par with the songs from their first two records, with a beautiful melody and compelling lyrics.  The band is as tight and tidy as ever with an especially strong return-to-form for singer Tom Chaplin.  Look for this and hopefully other songs from Strangeland to help dominate your playlist for the rest of the year.

Alex York, “Tokyo Heartbreak” and “Change”

New York singer Alex York has done something just a little out of the ordinary – he’s found an audience in the Japanese language pop market.  He’s released his debut independent album Tokyo Heartbreak along with the infectious singalong title pop song for the English language crowd.  But with donations going to the Japan disaster relief fund, he’s also released a digital single and video for “Change”, which is primarily sung in Japanese.  Alex is obviously a diverse talent and crowd pleaser who has already acquired a significant online following.  Check out “Tokyo Heartbreak” and “Change” below, and purchase the songs and the album on iTunes.

Baiyu, “Take A Number”

Baiyu is another singer from New York who is also involved in Japan’s disaster relief by donating all of the proceeds from her EP Fan Fair to that fund.  I introduced you to this burgeoning talent last August with her feel-good video for “Together”, and then again in November as a featured singer on Tana’s “Live In The Past”.  Her latest video for “Take A Number” is full of eye-catching appeal that puts Baiyu on the bubble with her Beyoncé-meets-Keri Hilson influences with a twist.    Download Fan Fair right here  (it’s a torrent) and watch the video for “Take A Number” below.

Low Level Flight, “Brooklyn Radio”

After debuting with their edgy rock album Urgency in 2008 and a compelling presence in concert, Kingston’s Low Level Flight returns with sophomore effort Through These Walls and the single “Brooklyn Radio”.  The song finds season one Canadian Idol winner Ryan Malcolm and band in pensive form with a softer guitar-led song and a video with an interesting storyline.  Low Level Flight creates their brand of pop/rock seamlessly which puts them comfortably alongside fellow Canadians Hedley (featuring fellow Canadian Idol alumnus Jacob Hoggard – who finished third in season two) and Marianas Trench.

Andy Grammer, “We Found Love”

With cheery, upbeat singles finding fans such as “Keep Your Head Up” and “Fine By Me”, Andy Grammer has decided to channel his stage presence into audio form with the release of his EP Live From L.A.  With all of the viral videos covering songs like Rihanna’s “We Found Love”, it’s admirable for Andy to tackle it and still be able to give his own feel to the song, which translates absolutely beautifully through the clip below.  Andy’s been touring actively with the likes of Ryan Star so you might find him on your town’s doorstep sometime soon.

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  1. […] Buh-Bye Winter Blahs with new <b>music</b> […]

  2. […] get to see their CMW show, I did catch a set by the three piece Toronto band led by Jasper James that I wrote about recently a few days before CMW.  The band is tight with a rich contemporary take on post-grunge rock that […]


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