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

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