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

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