Austra – “Painful Like”

Katie Stelmanis’s Austra project will release the followup to Feel It Break just next month, and as we heard on its first single “Home,” the forthcoming Olympia is the sound of a band consciously embracing classic dance production ideas. That first listen had some old Chicago house to it, while “Painful Like” makes organic bedfellows of Austra’s signature, shadowy goth and minimal Detroit techno’s subtle bubbling synth. Mix in the charisma of Katie’s operatic vocals and some gorgeously ethereal background chorus harmonies from the band’s resident sirens, and you have a second strong reason to be excited for Olympia. Listen:

Olympia is out 6/18 via Domino. If you’d like to know more, spend some time with this Progress Report.

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