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Toronto, ON, Canada (2010 – present)

Named for the Latvian goddess of light, Austra are an band from Toronto, ON, Canada comprising Katie Stelmanis (principal songwriter), Maya Postepski, and Dorian Wolf. They débuted with the single “The Beat And The Pulse” (November 2010, One Big Silence), and their latest release is “Olympia” (June 2013, Domino) .

Their debut album, “Feel It Break” (May 2011, Domino), came after a long sequence of bands for Stelmanis, representing a near ten year musical progression performing as an artist, then fleshed-out by a full band. The album made into 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.
Their sophomore album “Olympia” was released on June 18, 2013, from which the first single Home was released on March 7, 2013.
In 2014, the band released their first EP, “Habitat EP”.

More settled and dominant than ever, the band’s sound represents Stelmanis’ influences tightened into a shiny metal ball — pianos give way to keyboards as songs build and pull, their urgent, dark melodies arpeggiating through multiple synthesizers, wrapping themselves around Stelmanis’ voice.

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  • loveisparanoid

    American Science is everything!

    13 Sep 1:11am Reply
  • InASafePlace

    Habitat is so great. Wish the new stuff is as great.

    14 Aug 1:01am Reply
  • niqart

    American Science ♥ [4] This a real comeback

    8 Aug 11:01am Reply
  • AlanisParodi

    American Science ♥ [3]

    5 Aug 1:35am Reply
  • twinshadoww

    2 instrumental songs on habitat ep? Not liking them. I miss their dark sound. Probably they´re getting a lot of popular and need non sense lyrics or sound

    3 Aug 8:23pm Reply
  • Wintermoor99

    very sad im not enjoying anything since the debut, i had such high hopes for them, feel it break will be timeless music in my collection

    3 Aug 8:21am Reply
  • Jhonnyevergreen

    American Science ♥ [2]

    23 Jul 5:17pm Reply
  • siliconworld

    American Science ♥

    21 Jul 11:08am Reply
  • Bel_day1dlc

    Saw them live open for CHVRCHES. It was amazing

    7 Jul 8:46pm Reply
  • Songs_of_Myself

    Love her voice.

    5 Jul 11:43pm Reply
  • silverstryfe

    I hope they follow up on this new sound they've explored with Habitat EP. the title track is a perfect blend of FIB and Olympia vibes, and Hulluu is just fantastic

    4 Jul 4:23pm Reply
  • Haddonfield69

    Review at

    25 Jun 9:27am Reply
  • candylove

    Habitat <3

    18 Jun 10:33am Reply
  • Babs_05

    Wow. Habitat EP blew me away!

    17 Jun 8:58pm Reply
  • fagsthatfck

    hulluu is dope

    13 Jun 11:54am Reply
  • artbitchh

    ahhh i just LOVE them. will not die happy till i've seen them live.

    7 Jun 3:44pm Reply
  • dani2510

    cometg, it's good enough to invest your time in it, though it's not a compulsory listening. People seem to be taking it as an old news, hence it isn't resonating so much in media cycles. Though had it been their first, it would be just as widely well-recieved as Feel It Break. Feel It Break IMO is a collection of outstanding songs, whereas Olympia is more of an unseperable piece of music. So these are my uncohesive thoughts about it..

    28 May 12:52pm Reply
  • cometg

    I loved their debut album so much. How is Olympia? Is it any good?

    26 May 12:18pm Reply
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  • hello_sweetness

    Never heard of them until I saw them open up for CHVRCHES the other night. They really impressed me! They have such a cool sound and they put on a good show, I almost forgot I was there for CHVRCHES.

    18 Apr 9:20pm Reply
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