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22-02-12, 23:04
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Austra is a Canadian electronic band from Toronto, Ontario, formed in 2009. The band consists of Katie Stelmanis (vocals, keyboards), her former Galaxy bandmate Maya Postepski (drums) and former Spiral Beach bassist Dorian Wolf. They played a number of early shows under the name Private Life before learning that another band was already using the name; they subsequently named the band after Stelmanis' middle name Austra, which is also the name of the goddess of light in Latvian mythology. Austra's touring lineup includes twin backing singers Sari and Romy Lightman of Tasseomancy and Ryan Wonsiak of Ze and the Boyfriends.

Austra's debut album Feel It Break was released on May 17, 2011 by Paper Bag Records and then re-released in December of 2011 as a double disc set that consisted of several covers, b-sides and a remix from the Clown of Slipknot. On July 6, 2011, the album was shortlisted for the 2011 Polaris Music Prize, but lost out to Arcade Fire's The Suburbs. Feel It Break made many year-end lists in its year of release; notably, the Toronto Star giving it the number one album of 2011 and calling it "an outright stunner", and New York Magazine also giving the album that same number one position. Stereogum named Austra a Band To Watch on March 14, 2011.

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Mmhmm
23-02-12, 18:25
I've only heard Lose It but I absolutely LOVE it, so I should probably check out some more :p