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

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