Recommended if you like: Florence and the Machine, Braids, Cults, Ladyhawke
Austra, the Toronto based band provides that strange juxtaposition of sound that is both eerily dark but bright, soft but dangerous, creepy yet beautiful. Electronic synth based melodies weave with powerful surreal voice to create songs that are difficult to forget. “Lose It” has made its way to the top of my playlist in the past month. I also am partial to The Villain and Hate Crime.
Their debut album , Feel It Break, was released just this past May. The members of the band include Katie Stelmanis, Maya Postepski and Dorian Wolf. When I tried to catch the free show they had at River Rocks a few weeks ago, the NYC masses proved to be challenging, so I hit the High Line instead and checked out a few tunes in a more relaxed manner before heading home. Austra will be performing one more show in NYC this Saturday at the Bowery Ballroom before heading on their European Tour. Unfortunately the show is sold out.