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    Thu, 06 Jun 2013 11:10:27

    Listen to Austra's "Painful Like" - It's from "Olympia," out June 18

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    The first noble truth is that life is pain!

    But pain can be accompanied by pretty and haunting music like Austra's "Painful Like," a sultry, smoky and synthy EDM track, lead by beguiling female vocals of Katie Stelmanis, which remind us a bit of Flo Welch from Florence + the Machine.

    Austra's Olympia is out June 18 but enjoy this advance listen.

    "Painful Like" was influenced by early Chicago house music when dance music was performed with a live band, "Painful Like" was performed live in the studio, free of any programming or loops. While the lyrics may deal with the disillusionment of growing up gay in a small town and finding solace in the arms of a lover, it's bubbly and buoyant and reflects that Olympia is fundamentally a dance record.

    Listen to "Painful Like" below:

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