Austra shares ‘Future Politics’ video, tells us about her Top 10 LPs of 2016
Austra is gearing up to release new album, Future Politics, in January and she's just shared the video for the title track. "How do we find hope when things seem so bleak?" Austra (aka Katie Stelmanis) asks. "For me hope lies in the future. It lies in the potential of a future world that doesn't exist yet; a world can be created only if we can imagine it. It's time to build visions that are radically different from anything we've known before. It's time for Future Politics." Directed by Allie Avital, the video has a hopeful, post-apocalyptic air to it. Watch below.
Katie Stelmanis was also nice enough to send us her list for the Top 10 LPs of 2016. On it she's got a few fellow Canadians (Tanya Tagaq, former tourmates DIANA and Basia Bulat, Casey Mecija), as well as some of the year's more acclaimed releases (Anohni, Blood Orange). Check out her list with commentary, below.
AUSTRA'S TOP 10 LPS OF 2016
1. Tanya Tagaq - Retribution
More punk than any other punk record this year. It's the best jazz, the best folk, the best rap, the best everything album. Her words are crucial and her music is incomparable.
2. A Tribe Called Red - We are the Halluci Nation
Putting the spotlight on the indigenous struggle, and more importantly indigenous pride. As we all struggle through this capitalist nightmare we need this music to remind us of the alternatives.
3. Anohni – Hopelessness
The moment where Anohni switches into falsetto on “degrees” and the violin sneaks in is pure sonic and emotional joy, one cannot be unmoved by the devastation of climate change with such a note!
4. Blood Orange – Freetown Sound
Political songwriting that moves people is what we need right now. Empress of’s voice sounds positively angelic and envirgorating.
5. Casey Mecija - Psychic Materials
An un-retired musician makes a triumphant return with song writing and synths to put a put a soul to sleep with happy dreams in paradise.
6. Weyes Blood – Front Row Seat to Earth
It's been so long since we’ve been graced with a voice like this, and with songs like this.
7. Mica Levi & Oliver Coates – Remain Calm
It's less than 30 seconds but schoolhouse is a musical masterpiece. What a lovely priviledge to be able to travel with these two into this mystery-land.
8. Basia Bulat – Good Advice
Basia is my musical mentor and has been since we toured together across Canada in a van and I got to hear her belt it out every night.
9. Jenny Hval – Blood Bitch
Such wonderful background music. Music that truly colours a room. A very difficult and adventurous feat in my opinion.
10. DIANA – Familiar Touch
Toronto supergroup makes a smooth and magical masterpiece. Jazz kids find bliss in pop.
Austra - 2017 tour dates
January 20 | Mod Club | Toronto, ON
January 21 | Fairmont Theatre | Montreal, QC
January 24 | The Sinclair | Boston, MA
January 26 | Warsaw | Brooklyn, NY
January 27 | Union Transfer | Philadelphia, PA
January 28 | Black Cat | Washington, DC
January 31 | Exit/In | Nashville, TN *
February 1 | Terminal West | Atlanta, GA *
February 2 | Gasa Gasa | New Orleans, LA *
February 3 | Trees | Dallas, TX *
February 4 | Mohawk | Austin, TX *
February 5 | Lowbrow Palace | El Paso, TX *
February 7 | Valley bar | Phoenix, AZ *
February 8 | Casbah | San Diego, CA *
February 9 | El Rey Theater | Los Angeles, CA *
February 11 | Mezzanine | San Francisco, CA *
February 13 | Holocene | Portland, OR *
February 14 | The Crocodile | Seattle, WA *
February 17 | Triple Rock Social Club | Minneapolis, MN *
February 18 | Thalia Hall | Chicago, IL *
February 19 | Magic Stick | Detroit, MI *
March 4 | Paradiso | Amsterdam, Netherlands
March 6 | Uebel & Gefährlich | Hamburg, Germany
March 7 | NIEBO | Warsaw, Poland
March 8 | Astra | Berlin, Germany
March 9 | Muffatwerk (Ampere) | Munich, Germany
March 10 | Conne Island | Leipzig, Germany
March 11 | Posthof | Linz, Austria
March 12 | WUK | Vienna, Austria
March 15 | Biko Club | Milan, Italy
March 16 | Les Docks | Lausanne, Switzerland
March 17 | Dampfzentrale | Bern, Switzerland
March 18 | Gloria Theater | Cologne, Germany
March 21 | Patterns | Brighton, UK
March 22 | Village Underground (Convergence) | London, UK
March 23 | Summerhall | Edinburgh, UK
March 24 | Deaf Institute | Manchester, UK
March 25 | The Button Factory | Dublin, Ireland
* w/ The Range