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Austra, aka Katie Austra Stelmanis, took a completely different approach with her fourth album, ‘HiRUDiN’, seeking out all-new collaborators to produce an album that explores bold new soundscapes. The Canadian singer-songwriter shares insight with us ahead of the album’s release this Friday (May 1).
"I think our generation, in general, is feeling a very deep sense of hopelessness..."
"It's the '80-styled electro hooks that make the earworms."
Despite the lack of definition and abuse of the encore tradition, Austra lived up to their reputation of energetic and dramatic entertainment.
The Canadians will play a few extra dates in February
"It's a queer-positive space," says Katie Stelmanis
"I just did a whole bunch of interviews in France, and it was right at the time there was some huge debate about legalising gay marriage, and every single interviewer asked me about it, both being a queer woman and being from Canada."
A dance record with heartbreakingly beautiful tracks.