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Review: Habitat, by Austra

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Habitat, by Austra


Following last year's sophomore release, Olympia, Canadian band Austra just released an EP titled Habitat. The four-track set is an experimental ode to electronica music and takes the listener on a very rhythmic ride.

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The band released their first album, Feel It Break, in 2011 and followed with an amazing second album. Their second album includes "Forgive Me", which made the list of the 30 best songs of 2013. And their first includes the hauntingly trance-inducing "Lose It".

The EP includes the title track which is the only one which includes vocals and lyrics. Band member Katie Stelmanis says of it '“Habitat" is an old song that we've waited almost three years to release. It didn't seem to fit with the sounds of [either album], so we decided to finally put it out as a single along with 3 new instrumental tracks. There's a lot of live versions of the song online but people have always pressed us to make a proper recording, so we are especially excited to announce these limited-edition physical copies of the EP. It’s a euro-style computer music experiment produced with love from me, Maya, and Dorian'.

This has been called 'their future sound' by Rolling Stone and will serve as an appetizer until the band releases a new set after the band finishes a European tour which will lead into the autumn.

All of the tracks are euphoric and moody, with dark bass undertones and sinister beats. The music video for "Habitat" was released this week which sees a handful of individuals longing for touch, love and affection. The video was beautifully directed by Berlin-based videographer, Matt Lambert.

The only track that drags is "Doepfer". Otherwise, the title track, "Bass Drum Dance" and "Hulluu" are all worthy of a listen, and perhaps a few spins on the dance floor.

See the three-part list of queer artists which includes Austra: today's artists, bands, pop artists

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