Austra Share New Song "Home"
Wed, 13 Mar 2013 14:11:35
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New music alert!
Austra have shared the new song "Home" from Olympia, which is out on June 18.
Olympia is an album of transformation. Though it has only been two years since Austra's 2010 debut Feel It Break, it presents a quantum evolution in the Toronto-based band's sound, structure and style.
After three years of non-stop international touring with the likes of the xx, Grimes and The Gossip, when it came time to record Olympia, Austra had evolved into a complex collaborative effort between its six members. "Previously, I would flesh out songs before I brought them to the band, but this time I left them bare and let the others fill them in," explains Katie Stelmanis, the principal songwriter/vocalist.
Olympia is also the first confessional record for Stelmanis as evidenced by the heartfelt lyrics of piano driven lead single "Home," which you can enjoy below.
"'Home' expresses the anxieties of waiting up all night for a lover to return," the singer said. "I was mad and upset and the song just wrote itself."
The album touches on a range of sentiments that stem from a relationship ending, a relationship beginning, and friends' struggles with addiction and motivation. Despite the sometimes dark lyrics written in collaboration with band member Sari Lightman, Olympia is bubbly and buoyant— fundamentally a dance record, which Stelmanis says was the band's aim all along. "We are really into dense harmonies and big beautiful melodies, but I also love techno and dance music. I wanted to bring those elements together," she said."
Listen to "Home" below. It reminds us of the ethereal, haunting and otherworldly vocals of Björk and Florence + the Machine and it captures the all-too-familiar feeling of waiting for a lover's return.
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06-02 Dublin, IE - Forbidden Fruit
06-06 Zurich, SE - Plaza
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06-12 Paris, FR - Nouvelle Casino
06-14 Berlin, DE - Lido
06-17 London, UK - Hoxton Bar Grill
06-20 Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg
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Did you like "Home?" Are you into Austra? We are!