We all know and love this one already right? Austra‘s Future Politics may have been released on an inauspicious day, but far from settling into a third-record torpor, Katie Stelmanis has taken her project to the ionosphere (that’s well above the stratosphere) with a magnificent collection of beautiful, utopian/dystopian darkly electronic pop songs, almost any of which could stand alone as singles.
The lead singles sound even better in the context of the full-album arc, with the defiant “Future Politics” and the better-world longing of “Utopia” merely the opening statements in an album full of intelligent, minimal pop songs with banging beats. The production is crisper, rawer, and more direct than ever before, and perhaps that’s because this time Stelmanis mixed the record herself (collaborating with bandmate Maya Postepski on production as usual and live engineer Alice Wilder on mixing). A work of genius without a dull moment, Future Politics is Austra’s best album yet in an already-storied career.
Available now from Bandcamp.
Canadian electronic pop legend-in-process Austra‘s much-anticipated third album Future Politics is coming out January 20, the precise day that a certain President-Elect becomes Actual President, and although it couldn’t have been planned that way, Katie Stelmanis’s latest vision seems utterly perfect for the times. Perhaps that’s because she’s always stayed true to a certain technologically-minded electro-capitalist critique which has long pervaded her music, since even before she took on the Austra mantle. This album was produced and mixed entirely by Stelmanis herself, so it’s possibly as direct a musical statement as one can get on the times – a single artist, trying to grapple with the global economic, informational, and cultural flows that shape our lives unseen.
2016? We’re never going back there. There’s only one way: future politics.
You can pre-order Future Politics now from Austra’s Bandcamp. It’s probably gonna be amazing if this and previous single “Utopia” are any indication.
A new Austra single is a “stop everything that you’re doing right now” moment. So, please stop, watch this video and dance as much as your abilities/location allows. “Utopia” is pop music gem, with much of the band’s signature style intact. There’s creepiness abounding, layer upon layer of amazing vocal production all set to backdrop of amazing synth programming and production. The song is the first new thing we’ve heard from the operatic superstar in quite some time, but there’s much more to come with the release of Future Politics out January 20 on Domino.