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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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  2.   Lose It
  3.   Energy
  4.   Habitat
  5.   Bass Drum Dance
  6.   Painful Like
  7.   Beat and the Pulse by Orbital
  8.   American Science
  9.   Shoot the Water
  10.   I Don't Care (I'm a Man)
  11.   Darken Her Horse
  12.   Doepfer
  13.   Crying
  14.   Hulluu
  15.   Identity
  16.   Mayan Drums by Gina X
  17.   Future Politics
  18.   What We Done?
  19.   Hurt Me Now
  20.   Young and Gay
  21.   Utopia
  22.   Holy Place
  23.   Hopeless Place
  24.   Annie (Oh Muse, You)
  25.   Reconcile
  26.   We Become
  27.   Fire
  28.   Home
  29.   Forgive Me
  30.   Planix
  31.   Trip
  32.   The Noise
  33.   The Future
  34.   Hate Crime
  35.   Spellwork
  36.   The Villain
  37.   The Choke
  38.   Sleep
  39.   You Changed My Life
  40.   The Beast
  41.   Woodstock
  42.   Believe Me
  43.   None of Dem
  44.   Pianix
  45.   We Were Alive
  46.   I'm a Monster
  47.   I Love You More Than You Love Yourself
  48.   Angel in Your Eye
  49.   Freepower
  50.   Gaia
  51.   Beyond a Mortal
  52.   Deep Thought
  53.   43

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