This summer, Austra are planning to move beyond the rigidity of pre-programmed beats and into the human world of live percussion. Led by singer/principal songwriter Katie Stelmanis, the Toronto-based electronica group will return with their sophomore LP, Olympia, on June 18th via Domino Records.
That’s not to say the group’s first record since 2011′s Feel It Break will totally forgo the gothic house tone they’ve dabbled in. Stelmanis says in a press release, “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.”
Their lead single “Home” does just that — a blend of old-school house and tropical percussion underneath Stelmanis’ anxious, heart-on-sleeve lyrics. Listen to the dark, lonely island feel of lead single “Home” below.
After a handful of SXSW shows, the band will take a brief tour around Europe and the United States. Those dates are also below.
Austra 2013 Tour Dates:
03/13 – Austin, TX @ Vice Land (SXSW)
03/14 – Austin, TX @ Hype Hotel (SXSW)
03/15 – Austin, TX @ The Mohawk (SXSW)
03/16 – Austin, TX @ Elysium (SXSW)
03/16 -Austin, TX @ Old Emo’s (SXSW)
06/02 – Dublin, IE @ Forbidden Fruit Festival
06/06 – Zurich, SE @ Plaza
06/07 – Luzerne, SE @ Sudpol
06/08 – Yverdon-les Bains, SE @ L’Amalgame
06/10 – Amsterdam, NL @ Bitterzoet
06/12 – Paris, FR @ Le Nouveau Casino
06/14 – Berlin, DE @ Lido
06/17 – London, UK @ Hoxton Bar Grill
06/20 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
06/23 – Los Angeles, LA @ Troubadour
06/26 – San Francisco, CA @ The Independent
Photo by Norman Wong