#55 – Austra

I stumbled across this very much by accident the other day and it has been played a LOT since then. It’s from a Toronto-based threesome called Austra. The music they’re making is really very good. The new single ‘Lose It’ has got a pounding, four-on-the-floor beat with one of the most enchanting vocals I’ve heard in a long time. It’s intelligent, pretty, grown-up dancing music. I’m a particular fan of the way that the songs breaks down towards the end before building back up again with the layered, reverb-laden singing – it’s got a folksy element to it that is utterly compelling. Thanks to disco naïveté for this one.

You can download the previous single, ‘Beat And The Pulse’ for free off their Myspace too. It also happens to be good. And they’re debut album is due to come out on May 17th on Domino. Here’s hoping that the rest of the album is as strong as this ‘Lose It’ is…

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