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After a politically engaged third album released three years ago (Future Politics), Katie Stelmanis, the brain behind Austra, has gone for a different approach on HiRUDiN, locking herself up for three days in a studio in Toronto with musicians she had never met before, including part of the contemporary music improv group c_RL, the duo Kamancello (a cello and a kamanche) and an all-female kulintang ensemble (a Filipino percussion musical instrument). Having become a kind of LGBT+ indie icon, Katie Stelmanis opens up a little more on this album and deals with more intimate themes such as the consequences of toxic relationships and insecurities linked to her sexuality. The new wave influence is also more drawn-out in the orchestration which is imbued with classical touches (her passion when she was younger), carried mostly by the cello and piano. More pop than synth, like the first Supertramp-esque track Anyways, Austra releases a flock of powerful hits (Risk It, with its broken beat and cello skank, the catchy It's Amazing, Mountain Baby with its children's choir or the danceable I Am Not Waiting) which could well send her up a level. © Smaël Bouaici/Qobuz

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1
Anywayz
00:03:46

David Wrench, Mixer - Katie Stelmanis, Composer, Lyricist, Producer - Rodaidh McDonald, Producer - Austra, MainArtist - Domino Publishing Company Ltd, MusicPublisher - Joseph Shabason, Producer - Cecile Believe, Composer, Lyricist

2020 Domino Recording Co Ltd 2020 Domino Recording Co Ltd

2
All I Wanted
00:03:18

David Wrench, Mixer - Katie Stelmanis, Composer, Lyricist, Producer - Rodaidh McDonald, Producer - Austra, MainArtist - Domino Publishing Company Ltd, MusicPublisher - Joseph Shabason, Producer

2020 Domino Recording Co Ltd 2020 Domino Recording Co Ltd

3
How Did You Know?
00:04:20

David Wrench, Mixer - Katie Stelmanis, Composer, Lyricist, Producer - Rodaidh McDonald, Producer - Austra, MainArtist - Domino Publishing Company Ltd, MusicPublisher - Joseph Shabason, Producer

2020 Domino Recording Co Ltd 2020 Domino Recording Co Ltd

4
Your Family
00:01:42

David Wrench, Mixer - Katie Stelmanis, Composer, Lyricist, Producer - Rodaidh McDonald, Producer - Austra, MainArtist - Domino Publishing Company Ltd, MusicPublisher

2020 Domino Recording Co Ltd 2020 Domino Recording Co Ltd

5
Risk It
00:03:38

David Wrench, Mixer - Katie Stelmanis, Composer, Lyricist, Producer - Rodaidh McDonald, Producer - Austra, MainArtist - Domino Publishing Company Ltd, MusicPublisher - Joseph Shabason, Producer

2020 Domino Recording Co Ltd 2020 Domino Recording Co Ltd

6
Interlude i
00:00:28

David Wrench, Mixer - Katie Stelmanis, Composer, Lyricist, Producer - Austra, MainArtist - Domino Publishing Company Ltd, MusicPublisher

2020 Domino Recording Co Ltd 2020 Domino Recording Co Ltd

7
It’s Amazing
00:04:18

David Wrench, Mixer - Katie Stelmanis, Composer, Lyricist, Producer - Rodaidh McDonald, Producer - Austra, MainArtist - Domino Publishing Company Ltd, MusicPublisher - Joseph Shabason, Producer

2020 Domino Recording Co Ltd 2020 Domino Recording Co Ltd

8
Mountain Baby
00:03:27

David Wrench, Mixer - Katie Stelmanis, Composer, Lyricist, Producer - Rodaidh McDonald, Producer - Austra, MainArtist - Domino Publishing Company Ltd, MusicPublisher - Cecile Believe, Composer, Lyricist, FeaturedArtist

2020 Domino Recording Co Ltd 2020 Domino Recording Co Ltd

9
I Am Not Waiting
00:04:34

David Wrench, Mixer - Katie Stelmanis, Composer, Lyricist, Producer - Rodaidh McDonald, Producer - Austra, MainArtist - Domino Publishing Company Ltd, MusicPublisher

2020 Domino Recording Co Ltd 2020 Domino Recording Co Ltd

10
Interlude ii
00:00:34

David Wrench, Mixer - Katie Stelmanis, Composer, Lyricist, Producer - Austra, MainArtist - Domino Publishing Company Ltd, MusicPublisher

2020 Domino Recording Co Ltd 2020 Domino Recording Co Ltd

11
Messiah
00:03:41

David Wrench, Mixer - Katie Stelmanis, Composer, Lyricist, Producer - Rodaidh McDonald, Producer - Austra, MainArtist - Domino Publishing Company Ltd, MusicPublisher

2020 Domino Recording Co Ltd 2020 Domino Recording Co Ltd

Album Description

After a politically engaged third album released three years ago (Future Politics), Katie Stelmanis, the brain behind Austra, has gone for a different approach on HiRUDiN, locking herself up for three days in a studio in Toronto with musicians she had never met before, including part of the contemporary music improv group c_RL, the duo Kamancello (a cello and a kamanche) and an all-female kulintang ensemble (a Filipino percussion musical instrument). Having become a kind of LGBT+ indie icon, Katie Stelmanis opens up a little more on this album and deals with more intimate themes such as the consequences of toxic relationships and insecurities linked to her sexuality. The new wave influence is also more drawn-out in the orchestration which is imbued with classical touches (her passion when she was younger), carried mostly by the cello and piano. More pop than synth, like the first Supertramp-esque track Anyways, Austra releases a flock of powerful hits (Risk It, with its broken beat and cello skank, the catchy It's Amazing, Mountain Baby with its children's choir or the danceable I Am Not Waiting) which could well send her up a level. © Smaël Bouaici/Qobuz

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