Celine Dion. Bryan Adams. Nickelback. Shania Twain. Not a very inspiring list, is it? Just a few years ago, though, these four behemoths of the power ballad largely represented the face of Canadian music in popular perception. The landscape was bleak. Over recent years though, thanks to thriving underground scenes in Montreal and Toronto, as well as the increasing influence of the Blogosphere, things are looking up.
Led by Arcade Fire, the Montreal acts were the first to make the breakthrough, producing bittersweet baroque-pop capable of making you both dance and cry at the drop of a hat. The Toronto acts made a slightly less dramatic commercial impact but with the buoyant, free-form melodies of Broken Social Scene, the 16-bit sampling nous of Crystal Castles and the sharp, clever post-punk of Tokyo Police Club, have wowed commentators with a roster as diverse as any other in the world.
Toronto’s The Coast have been billed as “Canada’s best kept secret” and independently exemplify the diversity of their hometown scene. Theirs is a blend of synths, shoegaze guitar and clever, singalong choruses, perfectly embodied in today’s track, Tightrope.
Tightrope is taken from their full-length debut album, Expatriate, which was released on February 9 on Aporia Records. It’s a climactic combination of the cluttered dream-pop of Animal Collective and the expansive, multi-vocal sound of the aforementioned Broken Social Scene. Having played a recent UK tour and gigged with The Dears, Foals and A Place To Bury Strangers, The Coast’s stock is rising.
Video: The Coast – Tightrope (live AOL Session)
Originally published here: http://news.q4music.com/2009/02/the_coast.html