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Austra’s second album veers off the ‘80s path for a sound more in keeping with current artists like Florence + The Machine or Likke Li, which is both inevitable and wise. You can only mine that territory so long before your synth tones and dance rhythms start running into each other. The Toronto band (now six members) push the bounds of their particular pop arena carefully and thoughtfully, resulting in a stellar follow-up to 2011’s Feel It Break. They’re flexing a little more muscle here, and Katie Stelmanis’ vocals are the unerring sinewy core running through the entire album. Her voice still stuns, owing to its husky, mystical qualities (at times like Amber Webb of Lightning Dust) and her operatic training—it’s simply an awesome combination. There may not be an immediate sweet spot like “Lost It” from Feel It Break, but the ABBA-esque swirl of “Forgive Me” comes awfully close, as does the bittersweet and fleet “Home,” with its fleet congas and piano riffs. “What We Done” is a slow burner that takes its sweet time (three minutes) to fully launch, while “Hurt Me Now,” with harps and gloomy keys, is a gothy treasure.

Customer Reviews


I was so excited to get this album, because I consider their first album to be one of the greats of the last five years, filled with songs that speak to the universal human experience.

This album rarely measures up to the first. Mostly it's uneven, feels incomplete and exposes deeply immaturity lyrically. What a disappointment.


Original, danceable, trippy, haunting, deep bass and synths. Simply amazing!


I was a huge fan of Feel it Break...the sounds, the creativity, the lyrical content...this album just doesn't measure up. The songs all kind of blend together and become indistinguishable from one another. The only song that really has a decent hook is "Hurt Me Now". The music is quite boring with repetitive programmed beats and tedious piano/keyboard parts. I'd say this album is overall a filler to give fans something to chew on until Katie can spit out something decent.


Formed: 2010 in Toronto, ONT, Canada

Genre: Electronic

Years Active: '10s

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,...
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Olympia (Bonus Track Version), Austra
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Electronic, Music
  • Released: Jun 17, 2013

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