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Austra has a difficult sound to classify. Somehow between their synthesizers, heavy electronic beats, and true sirens providing vocals, a sound emerges that's so new and original you can't help but groove to it. It's like Florence + The Machine meets M83 with Led Zeppelin's fascination for fantasy and drama (in Latvian mythology, Austra is the Goddess of Light). Today this eclectic Canadian troupe released their second studio album dubbed Olympia. You can still catch them on tour as they continue through the east coast and Canada, but act fast before they head for Europe in July.

Their Hype Hotel performance during the I Guess I'm Floating/YVYNYL party showcases the vocal capabilities of lead singer Katie Stelmanis. Her booming voice overpowers some hauntingly heavy techno beats, but compliment them in such a way that you feel like you're being transported through a light tunnel to a futuristic holy sacrifice with the three Weird Sisters from Macbeth guiding you only with their voices. Austra is uniquely attempting to bridge the gap between EDM and traditional singing, and we're ecstatic about the result.

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You know that it hurts me when you don't come home at night.
My body can't rest unless you're sleeping by my side.
You know that it hurts me when you stay away all night.
What is it that keeps you there? Keeping you occupied, from my heart.
My heart.
Somehow.
You know that it hurts me when you stay alone at night.
You'll see that it's better than beyond the better side.
You know that it hurts me when you can't see straight at night.
What is it that keeps you there? Keeping you glorified, in my heart.
Somehow.
Somehow.
You know that it hurts me when, you know that it hurts me when you don't, you don't, you don't, you know that it hurts me when you don't come home at night.
You'll see that it's better than beyond the better side.
You know that it hurts me when you can't see straight at night.
What is it that keeps you there? Keeping you occupied, from my heart .
Thank you so much! Hiding in the morning light, you can come here any time, ride past their prying eyes.
You can come here any time.
In the light I'm falling held in the eye of night.
Malice keeps calling, your palms keep on calming.
You are carried.
You are carried.
It was in the morning light, bruised skin on top of mine.
I held you in my underwear.
Someone might see, but I don't care.
We don't have to marry in the light you bet it all.
In this town we'll bury all the minds that clench too tight.
You are carried.
You are carried.
We don't have to marry in the light you bet it all.
In this town we'll bury all the minds that clench too tight.
You are carried.
You are carried.
You are carried.
You are carried.
You are carried.
You are carried.
You are carried.
You are carried.
Thank you so much! So, we fall by the weight of the wine.
My eye, it yearns.
Here comes the guardian of ease.
Here comes the carriage of light.
Could I feel more? You'll never know me.
I will never know you.
You'll never know me.
I will never know you.
Here, here.
Far away lies on my eyes.
Wake the saint, Shadow of my side.
Could I feel more? You will never know me.
I will never know you.
You will never know me.
I will never know you.
Here, here.
So we fall, we falter.
In the light, I'm golden.
So we fall, we falter.
In the light, I am bare.
In a burning building I was bowling over with a head of ashes on a bed of stone.
Oh, can you hear me now? Oh, don't hurt me now.
In the velvet calm willing, undone, you put the temple into the ground.
Oh, don't hurt me now.
Oh, don't hurt me now.
Have i become willing, undone? You put the temple into the ground.
Oh, don't hurt me now.
Oh, don't hurt me now.
In the velvet calm, had I known the hour, what I would have done their bidding, what would I have done? Had I had a hundred fathers, had I been a king, how I would have gone?
Oh, don't hurt me now.
Oh, don't hurt me now.
Oh, don't hurt me now.
Oh, don't hurt me now.
Ooh.
Thank you.
We just have a couple more.
Don't wanna lose you, don't wanna lose.
Don't wanna lose you, don't wanna lose.
I never knew you, I never knew.
I never knew you, I never knew.
Your body's harmful, the very shape.
The cracks are deeper, on every plate.
Don't wanna lose you, don't wanna lose.
Don't wanna lose you, don't wanna lose.
I get impatient with every word.
The more you ask me, the more I've heard.
This is a thirst that I never had, I never bled for another man.
Don't wanna lose you.
Don't wanna lose you.
My heart, it screams.
My heart screams, my face screams without an emotion.
In the darkness comes, another, another.
Hold her by the thumbs, the other, the other.
In the darkness comes, another, another.
Hold her by the thumbs, the other, the other.
In the darkness comes, another, another.
Hold her by the thumbs, the other, the other.
In the darkness comes, another, another.
Hold her by the thumbs, the other, the other.
Don't wanna lose you, don't wanna lose.
Don't wanna lose you, don't wanna lose.
In the darkness comes, another, another.
Hold her by the thumbs, the other, the other.
In the darkness comes, another, another.
Hold her by the thumbs.
the other, the other.
In the darkness comes, another, another.
Hold her by the thumbs, the other, the other.
Thank you so much.
Hundred angles lost fleeing from the beat and the pulse.
Laughing like a fool, playing for the heart and the soul.
And the soul.
Capture something red, paste it to the edge of your bed.
Someone will be there, someone who will know what it says.
What it says.
Feel it break.
Feel it break.
Nothing's a mistake, or you.
Feel it break.
Elevate your fingers.
Motion makes it hard to write.
Still, words are abrasive.
Yours are making me feel right.
Feel right.
Feel it break.
Feel it break.
Nothing's a mistake, or you.
Feel it break.
Feel it break.
Feel it break.
Nothing's a mistake, or you.
Feel it break.
Feel it break.
Feel it break.
Thank you so much.
Good night everybody.
Thank you.

Artist Bio

Austra is a Canadian electronic music band from Toronto, Ontario, formed in 2009. The band consists of Katie Stelmanis (vocals, keyboards), her former Galaxy bandmate Maya Postepski (drums) and former Spiral Beach bassist Dorian Wolf. They played a number of early shows under the name Private Life before learning that another band was already using the name; they subsequently named the band after Stelmanis' middle name Austra, which is also the name of the goddess of light in Latvian mythology. Austra also includes twin backing singers Sari and Romy Lightman of Tasseomancy and keyboardist Ryan Wonsiak of Ze and the Boyfriends.

Austra's debut album Feel It Break was released on May 17, 2011 by Paper Bag Records. On July 6, 2011, the album was shortlisted for the 2011 Polaris Music Prize, but lost out to Arcade Fire's The Suburbs. 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 on March 14, 2011.

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