Now that our Vapor Independent Music Showcase is just around the corner (2 weeks away!) we are thrilled to introduce you to another one of our stellar acts that night, Austra; an electronic group that is guaranteed to make you want to dance the night away.
Austra, founded by members Katie Stelmanis (vocals and keys), Maya Postepski (drums) and Dorian Wolf (bassist), came together in 2009 to produce an electronic sound that, upon the release of their debut album Feel It Break in 2011, music listeners and crtitics instantly fell in love with. According to New York Magazine, we have Katie Stelmanis’s “shuddery, operatic voice” to thank for that.
With the help of Postepski, Wolf and rounded out by Sari Lightman, Romy Lightman and Ryan Wonsiak, the band has managed to produce a unique sound that has most recently earned them a Shortlist Nomination for the 2011 Polaris Music Prize as well as a 2012 Juno nomination for “Electronic Album of the Year.”
As one of Canada’s “It” bands, we can’t wait for you to hear them on April 25th.
“The debut record from Austra is one long, Gothic frisson from start to finish, the chilly perfection of its pulsing electronic nightscapes exceeded only by the operatic grandeur of the vocals. An outright stunner and maybe the best thing Paper Bag Records has ever released.”
- Toronto Star
“Stelmanis, bassist Dorian Wolf and drummer Maya Postepski have created something that plays as a carefully balanced, organic whole, like an inadvertent concept album. That’s more a testament to the skill with which it’s been put together than because it lacks standout moments; in fact, half the songs here could be released as singles, as Austra are as melodic as they are melodramatic.”
- BBC Music
Can’t wait to see you there!