The project is the brainchild of singer Katie Stelmanis, who was a fixture on the Canadian indie scene before forming Austra with long-term friends Dorian Wolf on bass, and Maya Postepski as beat programmer and producer.
Their brand of gothic pop is currently a source of mild blogospheric hysteria, with mesmerising debut single 'Beat and the Pulse' and its accompanying x-rated video garnering the majority of the attention.
AUSTRA "Beat and the Pulse"
I like 'Young and Gay' almost as much. Here's hoping Austra pop up on the festival circuit this year.
Austra - Young & Gay by DominoRecordCo
Austra - Energy by DominoRecordCo