Austra - Feel It Break

Set for big things
Austra - Feel It Break
Torontonian Katie Stelmanis toiled for years as a prodigious classical performer/composer before putting a band together (as well as her own tour) to promote these first forays in quasi-gothic electro pop. Yes, it sounds like The Knife, almost eerily so, but don’t knock Austra as a poor-man’s answer to the Swedish duo. The songwriting and production are strong throughout and often Stelmanis acquires a surprisingly rich amount of warmth from her dramatically sweeping sound that’s rarely heard in this scene. With the cool-o-meter currently set at all things synthy and coldwave-y, Austra look set for big things.

8/10

Words by CHARLIE FRAME

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