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

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