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

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