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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
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  1.   Song
  2.   Lose It
  3.   Energy
  4.   Bass Drum Dance
  5.   Habitat
  6.   Beat and the Pulse by Orbital
  7.   Painful Like
  8.   Hulluu
  9.   Utopia
  10.   Identity
  11.   We Were Alive
  12.   Hopeless Place
  13.   Woodstock
  14.   The Future
  15.   Trip
  16.   Hate Crime
  17.   Mayan Drums by Gina X
  18.   Beyond a Mortal
  19.   Angel in Your Eye
  20.   I'm a Monster
  21.   Future Politics
  22.   Doepfer
  23.   American Science
  24.   You Changed My Life
  25.   Reconcile
  26.   We Become
  27.   Fire
  28.   Home
  29.   The Noise
  30.   Spellwork
  31.   Shoot the Water
  32.   Planix
  33.   Hurt Me Now
  34.   The Beast
  35.   Believe Me
  36.   Annie (Oh Muse, You)
  37.   Freepower
  38.   Forgive Me
  39.   Holy Place
  40.   Young and Gay
  41.   Deep Thought
  42.   Gaia
  43.   I Love You More Than You Love Yourself
  44.   What We Done?
  45.   Crying
  46.   The Villain
  47.   Darken Her Horse
  48.   Sleep
  49.   The Choke
  50.   43
  51.   I Don't Care (I'm a Man)

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