Austra's 'Home' Video Startles With Intimacy

Toronto's dark electroni-poppers prep June 'Olympia' LP

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Austra now have a fittingly intense video to accompany their first single in three years, "Home." The dramatic new track — powered by heavy piano keys, a Knife-like club beat, and Katie Stelmanis' operatic vocals — recently announced the group's forthcoming second album Olympia, due June 18 via Domino Records. The official follow-up to 2010's "dark and turbid" Feel It Break, the 12-song set marks Austra's evolution from a three-person electroni-pop outfit to a six-person collective. Each of the players makes an appearance in the clip above, directed by That Go (Bat for Lashes, Röyksopp), which captures all of the action you see using a two-way mirror. Stelmanis is centerstage, but she only sees her own reflection as she stares into the camera. The end result is almost too intimate at times, like staring into the soul of a stranger.

Austra tour dates:

June 2 - Dublin, IE @ Forbidden Fruit
June 6 - Zurich, CH @ Plaza
June 7 - Luzerne, CH @ Sudpol
June 8 - Yverdon-les Bains, SE @ L'Amalgame
June 10 - Amsterdam, NL @ Bitterzoet
June 11 - Gent, BE @ DOKBox
June 12 - Paris, FR @ Nouveau Casino (SOLD OUT)
June 14 - Berlin, DE @ Lido (SOLD OUT)
June 17 - London, UK @ Hoxton Bar Grill (SOLD OUT)
June 20 - Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg ^
June 23 - Los Angeles, CA @ Troubadour
June 26 - San Francisco, CA @ The Independent
July 18 - Nijmegen, Netherlands @ Valkhof Festival
July 19 - Ferropolis, DE @ Melt Festival
July 21 - Suffolk, UK @ Latitude Festival
July 26 - Barcelos, PT @ Milhoes De Festa Festival
July 30 - Milan, Italy @ Magnolia
July 31 - Padova, Italy @ Radar Festival
August 1 - Feldkirch, AT @ PoolBar Festival
August 2 - Salzburg, AT @ Stuck! Festival
August 3 - Katowice, PL @ OFF Festival
August 10 - Helsinki, FI @ Flow Festival
August 30 - Detroit, MI @ Crofoot Ballroom *
August 31 - Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall *
September 1 - Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock *
September 4 - Seattle, WA @ Neumos *
September 5 - Portland, OR @ MusicFest NW
September 10 - Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom *
September 12 - Dallas, TX @ Trees *
September 13 - Austin, TX @ Mohawk *
September 14 - Houston, TX @ Fitzgeralds *
September 15 - New Orleans, LA @ One Eyed Jacks *
September 17 - Atlanta, GA @ The Earl *
September 18 - Carrboro, NC @ Cat's Cradle *
September 19 - Washington, DC @ Black Cat *
September 20 - Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer *
September 22 - New York, NY @ Webster Hall *
September 24 - Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall *
November 25 - London, UK @ Koko

^ w/ Mozart's Sister
* w/ DIANA

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