June will find Toronto-based Austra releasing their sophomoric Olympia, and the band will soon be bouncing back and forth between the U.S. and Europe for touring in support of it.
Austra has spent the 3 years following their debut release of Feel It Break touring with such acts as Grimes, the Gossip and the xx, and life on the road helped the band become a more collaborative effort than before. Olympia promises to be a dance record lush with electronic sounds, but contains no programming and loops – everything recorded was done live, in the studio, with the addition of marimbas and congos from drummer Maya Postepski.
Songwriter/vocalist Katie Stelmanis spoke of the importance of Postepski, who Stelmanis has played with for eight years following their first band, Galaxy, in this newest release.
“Maya played a huge role in the production of the album. There is a major percussive element running through every song,” she laughs, “this is the album where we discovered rhythm.”
The album’s lead single “Home” is now available on SoundCloud, and below is the complete track listing from the upcoming album, to be released June 18.
Olympia Track Listing:
01. What We Done?
02. Forgive Me
03. Painful Like
07. I Don’t Care (I’m a Man)
08. We Become
10. Annie (Oh muse, you)
11. You Changed My Life
12. Hurt Me Now
Austra Tour Dates
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Mar 13: Austin, TX – Vice Land (Vice SXSW)
Mar 14: Austin, TX – Hype Hotel (Hype Machine SXSW)
Mar 15: Austin, TX – The Mohawk (Windish SXSW)
Mar 16: Austin, TX – Elysium (Moog SXSW)
Mar 16: Austin, TX – Old Emo’s (Brooklynvegan SXSW)
Jun 02: Dublin, IE – Forbidden Fruit
Jun 06: Zurich, SE – Plaza
Jun 07: Luzerne, SE – Sudpol
Jun 08: Yverdon-les Bains, SE – L’Amalgame
Jun 10: Amsterdam, NL – Bitterzoet
Jun 12: Paris, FR – Nouvelle Casino
Jun 14: Berlin, DE – Lido
Jun 17: London, UK – Hoxton Bar Grill
Jun 20: Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg
Jun 23: Los Angeles, LA – Troubadour
Jun 26: San Francisco, CA – The Independent