The debut album, Feel It Break, from Toronto trio Austra will release on 13 May 2011.
On Feel it Break, co-founder and lead singer Katie Stelmanis, drummer Maya Postepski and bassist Dorian Wolf have crafted a dark, danceable masterpiece suitable for both ritual incantations and clubs; an album hearkening back to the sleazier side of New Wave but still deeply rooted in Stelmanis’s classical and operatic upbringing.
Written primarily by Stelmanis and mixed by Damian Taylor (Bjork, The Prodigy, UNKLE), the album rests nicely with your Kate Bush and The Knife albums, but also conjures up the seedier sides of early 1980s British New Wave (think the dirty alleys and after-hours clubs dreamed up by Japan and Soft Cell.)
Feel It Break will be available on CD, double LP and via digital download. The tracklisting is as follows: 1 – Darken Her Horse 7 – Hate Crime 2 – Lose It 8 – The Villain 3 – The Future 9 – Shoot The Water 4 – Beat and the Pulse 10 - The Noise 5 – Spellwork 11 – The Beast 6 – The Choke
Austra have several US tour dates this month and will be appearing at SXSW in March. UK and European shows are soon to be announced for April.
Check out the subtly provocative new video for Beat and the Pulse:
‘Austra’s melodies are spine-tinglingly sensual; their robo-rhythmic thrust commands listeners to hot-foot it to the nearest dance floor ‘ – Metro - Ones To Watch
‘The most fully-formed new band you’ve seen in too damn long’ – NME
AUSTRA | THE BEAT AND THE PULSE | OUT NOW
AUSTRA | FEEL IT BREAK | RELEASED MAY 13