Austra announce new album ‘Future Politics’ + share new track

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AustraAustra, the recording project led by Canadian vocalist and producer Katie Stelmanis, has announced ‘Future Politics,’ their third full length album. ‘Future Politics’ will be out on January 20th, 2017.

To coincide with the album announcement, they’ve released a video for first single Utopia. Directed by THAT GO (Chairlift, Lapsley, Father John Misty), the video stars Stelmanis, held hostage in an icy, modern apartment by an insidiously sinister device. Watch Utopia via YouTube below.

Says THAT GO on the video. “Katie came into the video project with a lot of ideas about the future. We discussed everything from food trends to Star Trek: The Next Generation. The video is more near-future than distant-future, with recognizable technology and modern protein sources.”

‘Future Politics,’ Austra’s third, and most ambitious album to date, calls for radical hope: “a commitment to replace the approaching dystopia,” says Katie Stelmanis, who leads Austra with the support of Maya Postepski (Princess Century, TR/ST), Dorian Wolf, and Ryan Wonsiak. “Not just hope in the future, but the idea that everyone is required to help write it, and the boundaries of what it can look like are both fascinating and endless. It’s not about ‘being political,’ it’s about reaching beyond boundaries, in every single field.”

‘Future Politics’ is a collection of urgent, but disciplined anthems for dancefloor and headphones, asks each of us to remember that apocalypse is not an inevitability, but the product of human decision-making. It aims for a world without borders, where human compassion and curiosity drive technological innovation rather than profit, where the necessity of labor is replaced with time for creativity and personal growthand the terror and destruction wrought by colonialism and white supremacy is recognized as a dark age in human history. The album is radicalism distilled: to galvanic beats, gorgeous, kinetic melodies, and the vulnerable majesty of Stelmanis’s voice.

Inspired by her time living in two cities – Montreal and Mexico City – and propelled by economic and philosophical texts she was reading throughout the album’s creation, Stelmanis was driven to face the world’s ailments with positivity, purpose, and engagement, rather than detachment or despair. Inspiration also came from European club culture – Objekt, Peter Van Hoesen, Lena Willikens, and ’90s legends like Massive Attack; in all, artists who understand the dancefloor as a source of radical ideas and radical joy.

Change, Rebecca Solnit (author, activist, environmentalist and editor at Harper’s Magazine) writes, comes from “writers, scholars, public intellectuals, social activists, and participants in social media” – also “artists, club scenes, parties, teenagers, ghettoes,” says Stelmanis. “Every single person’s idea about the future is valid and relevant, especially the freaks and the queers and the outsiders.”

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‘Future Politics’ track listing

We Were Alive
Future Politics
Utopia
I’m A Monster
I Love You More Than You Love Yourself
Angel InYour Eye
Freepower
Gaia
Beyond A Mortal
Deep Thought
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‘Future Politics’ is available to pre-order now on limited edition deluxe colored vinyl with exclusive signed art print, CD, and digital download. Pre-order: Dom Mart / iTunes