Austra – Hate Crime
Austra – The Future
Was there ever any doubt? Actually, yes. Those first two singles were mind-blowing, so much so that I was concerned that Feel It Break wouldn’t manage to live up to them. Still figured it would be pileworthy regardless, but this album lives up to the singles and then some. It’s an extremely accomplished record, start to finish. I won’t bore you with comparisons: this is a dark pop masterpiece, and it kind of already feels like a classic to me. Once the big dogs weigh in on this next week, I hope Austra will become a household name. They’re worthy of all the attention they’re getting. But let’s not forget: Katie’s first album Join Us was also an excellent piece of work, but of a very different sort, operating in more abrasive and experimental territory. So once you’ve hit the repeat button on Feel it Break for the hundredth time, have a listen to that one.
Feel it Break is already digitally available on iTunes. Austra’s got a bunch of North American and European dates coming up – their live show is so good, so be sure to catch it while they’re still playing small venues.