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Austra (band)

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Austra is a Canadian electronic music act from Toronto, Ontario, founded by Katie Stelmanis in 2009 Stelmanis remains the singular creative force of the project, with a rotating live band that most regularly includes Maya Postepski drums, Dorian Wolf bass, Moog, and Ryan Wonsiak keyboards It previously also featured the twin backing singers Sari and Romy Lightman of Tasseomancy The band have released three studio albums—Feel It Break 2011, Olympia 2013, and Future Politics 2017

Contents

  • 1 History
    • 11 Origins and Early Releases
    • 12 Feel It Break 2011 - 2013
    • 13 Olympia and Future Politics 2013 - present
  • 2 Discography
    • 21 Studio albums
    • 22 Remix albums
    • 23 Extended plays
    • 24 Singles
  • 3 References
  • 4 External links

History

Origins and Early Releases

In 2004, Stelmanis and Postepski played in a band called Galaxy, together with Emma McKenna At the same time, Stelmanis started making electronic music at home and was also writing industrial-inspired soundtracks for performance artist Zeesy Powers Powers convinced her to start performing her songs live, and in 2008 Stelmanis' debut album Join Us, which appeared under her own name, was released through Blocks Recording Club She toured Europe with Postepski on drums and xylosynth In 2009, Stelmanis decided to change the name of the project from her own in order to increase her band mates' visibility, and because she felt too many people were mistaking the project for being an acoustic-folk act

In 2010, Stelmanis recruited Dorian Wolf and Carmen Elle as live members The band played the South by South West festival in Austin, Texas, under the name Private Life An A&R from Domino Records saw the show and Stelmanis subsequently signed a record deal with the label After learning the band name Private Life was taken, Stelmanis decided to use her middle name, Austra, which is also the name of the goddess of light in Latvian mythology

Feel It Break 2011 - 2013

Austra's debut studio album, Feel It Break was released on May 11, 2011, by Domino Records, and May 17, 2011, in Canada by Paper Bag Records The album was shortlisted for the 2011 Polaris Music Prize Feel It Break was included on several year-end critics' lists; notably, both the Toronto Star and New York named it the best album of 2011, with the former calling it "an outright stunner" Stereogum named Austra a Band to Watch in March 2011 Stelmanis wrote and produced all the tracks on the album Maya added additional production on Lose It, The Future, The Choke and The Villain The record was mixed by Damian Taylor in Montreal

Olympia and Future Politics 2013 - present

Their second album Olympia was released on June 18, 2013 It was preceded by the lead single "Home", released on March 7, 2013 It was described as "a personal song cycle about loss and gender dynamics" Their third album Future Politics was released on January 20, 2017 For the record, Stelmanis spent time in Mexico where she was introduced to electro cumbia while house, dance and techno music influenced the writing for the album Lyrically, Stelmanis was inspired by the book Inventing the Future: Postcapitalism and a World Without Work by Nick Srnicek and Alex Williams and The Accelerationist Manifesto She indicated that the material for the record had been written before the political events in the second half of 2016

Discography

Studio albums

Title Details Peak chart positions
AUT
BEL FL
BEL WA
GER
SWI
UK
US Dance
US Heat
US Indie
Feel It Break
  • Released: May 13, 2011
  • Label: Domino
  • Formats: CD, LP, digital download
22
Olympia
  • Released: June 17, 2013
  • Label: Domino
  • Formats: CD, LP, digital
42 167 73 93 183 14 9 48
Future Politics
  • Released: January 20, 2017
  • Label: Domino
  • Formats: CD, LP, digital
36 98 180 61 46 19 7 27
^ Swickey, Zachary September 1, 2011 "Bands We Like: Austra" MTV News Retrieved December 9, 2017 
  • ^ Adams, Gregory September 26, 2011 "Young Galaxy Join Austra's Canadian Tour" Exclaim! Retrieved December 9, 2017 
  • ^ Gillis, Carla April 29, 2015 "The Scene: Princess Century, Graze and Shy Girls" Now Retrieved December 9, 2017 
  • ^ "Osheaga Day 3: Peter Peter, Passion Pit, Michael Kiwanuka, Woodkid, City and Colour, Asexuals" Montreal Gazette August 5, 2012 Retrieved December 9, 2017 
  • ^ Lambert, Molly December 9, 2010 ""Beat and the Pulse" by Austra" Pitchfork Retrieved December 9, 2017 
  • ^ Breihan, Tom November 14, 2013 "Austra – "Forgive Me" Video" Stereogum Retrieved December 9, 2017 
  • ^ Morris, Gina May 17, 2011 "REVIEW // Austra 'Feel It Break'" Hive Magazine Retrieved December 20, 2011 
  • ^ Lau, Melody March 18, 2015 "Austra's Maya Postepski Is Scared Shitless of SXSW" Vice Retrieved December 9, 2017 
  • ^ Ritchie, Kevin May 19, 2011 "Austra" Now 30 38 ISSN 0712-1326 Retrieved December 9, 2017 
  • ^ a b Barclay, Michael January 24, 2008 "Katie Stelmanis" radio free canuckistan Retrieved July 10, 2016 
  • ^ Molotkow, Alex March 26, 2008 "Katie Stelmanis" Exclaim! Retrieved July 10, 2016 
  • ^ Sirisuk, J L 2013-06-21 "The Beat and the Groove: Interview with AUSTRA's Katie Stelmanis" The Huffington Post Retrieved July 10, 2016 
  • ^ "Austra's Katie Stelmanis Talks Feminism, Field Trip Fest And Finding Her Own Social Scene" HuffPost Canada 2014-06-06 Retrieved 2018-04-24 
  • ^ "Private Life - BrooklynVegan" BrooklynVegan Retrieved July 10, 2016 
  • ^ "A mystery called Austra" Electronic Beats April 29, 2011 Retrieved July 10, 2016 
  • ^ Fader, Lainna November 3, 2011 "Austra Turn People On With an Electric Feel" OC Weekly Retrieved December 9, 2017 
  • ^ a b "Feel It Break" Retrieved July 10, 2016 
  • ^ a b McAllister, Jeff November 1, 2012 "In Pursuit of the Polaris: A Conversation with Katie Stelmanis of Austra" Feedback Retrieved January 19, 2017 
  • ^ Dina May 17, 2011 "Austra's 'Feel It Break' Out Today!" Paper Bag Records Retrieved December 20, 2011 
  • ^ "Arcade Fire, Ron Sexsmith shortlisted for Polaris Prize" CBC News July 6, 2011 Retrieved July 27, 2011 
  • ^ Rayner, Ben December 28, 2011 "Rayner: Albums that really rocked in 2011" Toronto Star Retrieved January 29, 2012 
  • ^ Abebe, Nitsuh December 4, 2011 "The Year in Pop" New York Retrieved January 29, 2012 
  • ^ Brandon March 14, 2011 "Band To Watch: Austra" Stereogum Retrieved February 15, 2012 
  • ^ "Olympia Bonus Track Version by Austra" iTunes Store US Retrieved May 10, 2013 
  • ^ Zoladz, Lindsay March 8, 2013 ""Home" by Austra Review" Pitchfork Retrieved January 19, 2017 
  • ^ a b Joffe, Justin January 18, 2017 "Austra Yearns for Radical Hope on the Prescient 'Future Politics'" New York Observer Retrieved January 19, 2017 
  • ^ Potts, Dianca January 9, 2017 "Music Monday: Katie Stelmanis of Austra" Lenny Letter Retrieved January 12, 2017 
  • ^ Lau, Melody January 18, 2017 "Austra's Katie Stelmanis: 5 songs that changed my life" CBC Music Retrieved January 19, 2017 
  • ^ "Discographie Austra" in German austrianchartsat Hung Medien Retrieved April 3, 2017 
  • ^ "Discografie Austra" in Dutch Ultratop Hung Medien Retrieved April 3, 2017 
  • ^ "Discographie Austra" in French Ultratop Hung Medien Retrieved April 3, 2017 
  • ^ "Discographie von Austra" in German GfK Entertainment Retrieved December 9, 2017 
  • ^ "Discography Austra" swisschartscom Hung Medien Retrieved December 9, 2017 
  • ^ Peak chart positions for albums in the United Kingdom:
    • Olympia: "CHART: CLUK Update 29062013 wk25" Zobbel Retrieved April 3, 2017 
  • ^ "Austra Chart History Top Dance/Electronic Albums" Billboard Retrieved December 9, 2017 
  • ^ "Austra Chart History Heatseekers Albums" Billboard Retrieved December 9, 2017 
  • ^ "Austra Chart History Independent Albums" Billboard Retrieved December 9, 2017 
  • External links

    • Official website

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