11 Songs, 45 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Shifting between speaker-rattling blasts of lush, goth-tinged techno and the propulsive throb of synth-pop at its darkest, Austra fills their third album with sharply politicized club bangers, along with ghostly ballads about the power of resistance in a tumultuous era. Whether the band is pounding out a menacing floor-filler like “Utopia” or reveling in keyboard-driven eeriness on “Freepower,” frontwoman Katie Stelmanis often swaps her trademark vocal fireworks for a hypnotic murmur, but her soaring, intense choruses will still take your breath away.

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EDITORS’ NOTES

Shifting between speaker-rattling blasts of lush, goth-tinged techno and the propulsive throb of synth-pop at its darkest, Austra fills their third album with sharply politicized club bangers, along with ghostly ballads about the power of resistance in a tumultuous era. Whether the band is pounding out a menacing floor-filler like “Utopia” or reveling in keyboard-driven eeriness on “Freepower,” frontwoman Katie Stelmanis often swaps her trademark vocal fireworks for a hypnotic murmur, but her soaring, intense choruses will still take your breath away.

Mastered for iTunes
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Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
38 Ratings
38 Ratings
nixon760

What sound!

I've loved them since the first time I heard them! Amazing artistic value and you will never ever find anything like this. Keep up the fine wine you have created here.

Moonstrife

Absolutely thrilling~ ( ˘ ³˘)♥♫

Literally screamed when I saw this at the bottom of my iTunes.. I can't believe they're back! Just what I'd been hoping for~ Utopia is a bright yet quirky song and video, guess one could say the same of lead Katie Stelmanis. Very excited to hear what the rest of the album is going to sound like; super hyped just seeing how long each of the songs are~ 2017 is going to be such amaze<3 ♫

sickboy888

el topo vibes

love the direction this music is taking, be present in the world witches unite. Thank you Austra, Anohni, Jenny Hval, BURIAL, Grimes, Braids, BJORK etc. for empowering us politically through pop music. logos to pathos <3 we are tired of breakup songs and these artists are woke af

About Austra

Named for the Latvian goddess of light, Toronto's Austra feature singer/keyboardist Katie Stelmanis, drummer Maya Postepski, and bassist Dorian Wolf. Stelmanis is a classically trained vocalist and pianist who joined the Canadian Children's Opera at age ten and intended to pursue a career in classical music before falling in love with punk, industrial, and electronic music. In 2008 she released the solo album Join Us, and was also a member of the band Galaxy with Postepski. When that group disbanded, the pair joined forces with Wolf, a former member of Spiral Beach, and initially called themselves Private Life, but switched to Austra after discovering another band with that name. Their debut single, The Beat and the Pulse, arrived in early 2011, and their full-length debut, Feel It Break (most of which was recorded in Stelmanis' home studio and mixed by Damian Taylor), arrived in May of that year on Domino Records. By the time of 2013's Olympia, the project had evolved into a six-piece featuring keyboardist Ryan Wonsiak and backing vocalists Romy and Sari Lightman, allowing for more live instrumentation and interplay between bandmembers. 2016's Future Politics diversified the mix further, with the inclusion of guest vocalist Peter Milton Walsh (the Apartments) on "Attention to Life" and cellist Audrey Riley (Nick Cave, Coldplay, the Cure) appearing intermittently throughout the album. ~ Heather Phares

ORIGIN
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
FORMED
2010

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