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

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