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    http://www.dominorecordco.com/uk/new...austra-olympia

    Olympia is an album of transformation. Though it has only been two years since Austra's 2010 debut Feel It Break, it presents a quantum evolution in the Toronto-based band’s sound, structure and style.

    After three years of non-stop international touring with the likes of the XX, Grimes and the Gossip, when it came time to record Olympia, Austra had evolved into a complex collaborative effort between its six members. “Previously, I would flesh out songs before I brought them to the band, but this time I left them bare and let the others fill them in” explains Katie Stelmanis, the principal songwriter/vocalist.

    Olympia is also the first confessional record for Stelmanis as evidenced by the heartfelt lyrics of piano driven lead single "Home" (stream now). "Home" expresses the anxieties of waiting up all night for a lover to return. “I was mad and upset and the song just wrote itself,” says the singer. The album touches on a range of sentiments that stem from a relationship ending, a relationship beginning, and friends' struggles with addiction and motivation. Despite the sometimes dark lyrics written in collaboration with band member Sari Lightman, Olympia is bubbly and buoyant— fundamentally a dance record, which Stelmanis says was the band's aim all along. “We are really into dense harmonies and big beautiful melodies, but I also love techno and dance music. I wanted to bring those elements together.”

    Though Olympia is filled with electronic and synthetic sounds that reference everything from Trax Record classic cuts to Yazoo’s Upstairs At Eric’s, it’s free of programming and loops. Everything was played live by the band in the studio and all of the percussion including a wild set up of marimbas and congas was performed by drummer Maya Postepski. “Maya played a huge role in the production of the album,” says Stelmanis, who has been playing with the drummer for eight years since their previous band, Galaxy. “There is a major percussive element running through every song,” Stelmanis laughs, “this is the album where we discovered rhythm.”

    The album was produced by Austra with additional production by Mike Haliechuk, vocal production by Damian Taylor (Bjork, the Killers), engineered by Bill Skibbe and Leon Taheny and mixed by Tom Elmhirst (Adele, Erasure, Hot Chip).



    Olympia
    01 What We Done?
    02 Forgive Me
    03 Painful Like
    04 Sleep
    05 Home
    06 Fire
    07 I Don't Care (I'm a Man)
    08 We Become
    09 Reconcile
    10 Annie (Oh muse, you)
    11 You Changed My Life
    12 Hurt Me Now

    Lead single - 'Home'

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    Oh that's awesome news
    Thank you !

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    She's so gorgeous.

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    I love her, but my GOD that constant vibrato takes some getting used to.

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    I really like "Home." I feel like it's more streamlined than most of what was on Feel it Break, and the single cover is gorgeous.

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    "Home" is amazing. I was slightly disappointed by it on first listen - it has none of the dark synth attack from Feel It Break - but it quickly grew on me. This is a good evolution of their sound.

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    AUSTRA

    It's very 90s gay house and I love it!
    My face screams without an emotion

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    Austra live at SXSW

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    I got my media advance and am listening now! Excited to hear this. I have a good feeling about it.

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    Can't wait to hear what you think of it!

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    So how was it!?

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    Tour dates! Can't wait!

    Austra
    June 2 - Dublin, IE @ Forbidden Fruit
    June 6 - Zurich, SE @ Plaza
    June 7 - Luzerne, SE @ Sudpol
    June 8 - Yverdon-Les Bains, SE @ L'Amalgame
    June 10 - Amsterdam, NL @ Bitterzoet
    June 11 - Gent, BE @ DOKBox
    June 12 - Paris, FR @ Le Nouveau Casino
    June 14 - Berlin, DE @ Lido
    June 17 - London, UK @ Hoxton Bar Grill
    June 20 - Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg^
    June 23 - Los Angeles, CA @ Troubadour
    June 26 - San Francisco, CA @ The Independent
    July 18 - Nijmegen, Netherlands @ Valkhof Festival
    July 19 - Ferropolis, DE @ Melt Festival
    July 21 - Suffolk, UK @ Latitude Festival
    July 26 - Barcelos, PT @ Milhoes De Festa Festival
    July 30 - Milan, Italy @ Magnolia
    July 31 - Padova, Italy @ Radar Festival
    August 1 - Feldkirch, AT @ PoolBar Festival
    August 2 - Salzburg, AT @ Stuck! Festival
    August 3 - Katowice, PL @ OFF Festival
    August 10 - Helsinki, FI @ Flow Festival
    August 30 - Detroit, MI @ Crofoot Ballroom *
    August 31 - Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall *
    September 1 - Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock *
    September 4 - Seattle, WA @ Neumos *
    September 5 - Portland, OR @ MusicFest NW
    September 10 - Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom *
    September 12 - Dallas, TX @ Trees *
    September 13 - Austin, TX @ Mohawk *
    September 14 - Houston, TX @ Fitzgeralds *
    September 15 - New Orleans, LA @ One Eyed Jacks *
    September 17 - Atlanta, GA @ The Earl *
    September 18 - Carrboro, NC @ Cat's Cradle *
    September 19 - Washington, DC @ Black Cat *
    September 20 - Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer *
    September 22 - New York, NY @ Webster Hall *
    September 24 - Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall *
    November 25 - London, UK @ Koko

    ^ w/ Mozart's Sister
    * w/ DIANA

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    I would love to go, but I'm already seeing Depeche Mode and probably Pet Shop Boys that month.

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    Got my tickets in the mail yesterday!! So stoked!! I need the new album like, yesterday. The wait is killing me.

    Edit: Anyone know if there are clips online anywhere yet??

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    Album cover. Same as the single cover.


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