AUSTRA DEBUT ALBUM AND 'BEAT AND THE PULSE' VIDEO
Austra | 08/02/11
Today we’re very excited to announce the release of ‘Feel It Break’, the debut album by one of Domino’s newest signings, Toronto based trio Austra, on 16th May 2011.
If you’ve already heard the group’s colossal debut single, ‘Beat and the Pulse’, you should have some idea as to what Austra are capable of when it comes to conjuring up majestic, dark pop music, tethered to the dancefloor, but just as importantly, not exclusively so. If ‘Beat and the Pulse’ was the suggestion of something great looming on the horizon, ‘Feel It Break’ is indeed the confirmation.Led by the adventurous instincts of co–founder and lead singer Katie Stelmanis, alongside drummer Maya Postepski and bassist Dorian Wolf, Austra have created a magnificent album indebted as much to the sleazier side of New Wave, as it is to the classical, compositional influences that played such a huge role in shaping Stelmanis’ musical approach.
Written primarily by Stelmanis and mixed by Damian Taylor (Bjork, The Prodigy, UNKLE), ‘Feel It Break’ sounds like a fusion of all the things that made Kate Bush, Japan, and The Knife great, but crucially Austra have managed to carve out a sound that is very much their own.
'Feel It Break' will be available on CD (WIGCD270), double LP (WIGLP270) and via digital download (WIG270D).
The tracklisting is as follows:
Darken Her Horse
Beat and the Pulse
Shoot The Water
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Austra have several US tour dates this month and will be appearing at SXSW in March. UK and European shows are soon to be announced for April.
To go alongside the album announcement we now have the video for ‘Beat and the Pulse’. A little while ago we teased our twitter followers with the tiniest insight as to what people could expect of the video for Austra’s debut single, remarking that everyone could expect ‘amphibious nudity’. Well we weren’t entirely crazy and with the release of the stylishly shot video featuring the band surrounded by gyrating, scantily clad women who appear to be less (or maybe more?) than human, here’s the proof. This is an edited version of the original video, but depending on how liberal your work environment is, this is probably still a NSFW. Just a heads up there.