The project of Canadian singer/songwriter, producer, and composer Katie Stelmanis, Austra combines her classical training and passion for electronic music into imaginative, emotive art-pop. Stelmanis' operatic vocals and the conceptual nature of her songwriting have helped her music evolve over the years. On the shadowy grooves of 2011's Feel It Break, Austra seemed to be a purveyor of dark electro-pop along the lines of Fever Ray, but 2014's confessional Olympia proved there was a lighter, softer side to Stelmanis' music. From there, the eerily prescient dystopian musings of 2017's Future Politics and the daring sounds and liberated mood of 2020's Hirudin revealed Austra's increasingly inventive ways of combining ambition and emotion. A classically trained vocalist and pianist who joined the Canadian Children's Opera at age ten, ...
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