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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. ~ Heather Phares
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  1.   Song
  2.   Lose It
  3.   Energy
  4.   Painful Like
  5.   Identity
  6.   Home
  7.   Beat and the Pulse by Orbital
  8.   Hurt Me Now
  9.   Spellwork
  10.   Darken Her Horse
  11.   Hulluu
  12.   Annie (Oh Muse, You)
  13.   Forgive Me
  14.   The Future
  15.   Shoot the Water
  16.   Hate Crime
  17.   Doepfer
  18.   American Science
  19.   Hopeless Place
  20.   You Changed My Life
  21.   Reconcile
  22.   We Become
  23.   I Don't Care (I'm a Man)
  24.   Fire
  25.   What We Done?
  26.   Crying
  27.   Trip
  28.   The Noise
  29.   The Choke
  30.   The Beast
  31.   Planix
  32.   The Villain
  33.   Holy Place
  34.   Sleep
  35.   Woodstock
  36.   Bass Drum Dance
  37.   Young and Gay
  38.   Habitat
  39.   Believe Me
  40.   None of Dem
  41.   Pianix

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