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Today is the day we release the Habitat EP

Let me tell you a little bit about this release. Habitat is a pretty typical austra song in that its made up of synths, drums and some big woman vocals. The other three tunes are more different than anything we’ve released before because we decided to remove a key component of our sound: my voice. And this doesn’t mean that I’m gonna stop writing music with vocals, but it is a good chance for you to ingest our sound without the epic distraction that tends to oversahdow some of our more sublte ideas. And so, here are some short explanations about what we were thinking/feeling when these songs were written, I certainly hope you enjoy them:

1. Habitat

Most have you have heard Habitat already cause its an old song. However, it had not been properly recorded until now. Actually, it was recorded, but we kept changing it and remixing it and adding parts and taking them away. After we released Olympia a LOT of people seemed kinda pissed it wasn’t on the record so we decided to give it its very own EP. We hired Rusty Santos to re-mix (as opposed to remix) the track, and he added the flavour we had been looking for all this time. If Olympia was an adventure of abandoning computers, this release is about loving them whole. We erased the real drum kits and the guitar bass from the pro-tools sessions and went entirely electronika once again.

2. Doepfer

Maya wrote Doepfer. Originally we were just going to release Habitat and Hulluu but then out of nowhere Maya presented this track. I love anything that involves filtering an analogue sequence so I was easily charmed. My favorite thing though, is the melody in the bass line. Follow the path it creates and this song become something more than a repetitive beat. There is a story to be told of a hopeful sadness marred by confusion and disorder.

3. Bass Drum Dance

I have always loved the idea of writing music for films. I used to do it when I was younger, as well as writing songs for my friends that were performance artists and dancers. This song to me feels like it should be on a screen. Its about creating sonic textures, the rise and fall and variation of the simple “violin,” and finally the space between near the end of the track. Bass Drum Dance is intended to colour a room and manipulate a feeling. It is the opposite of anthemic: the climax happens when everything is quiet.

4. Hulluu

I don’t know why I don’t write more music like this. Its so refreshing to abandon the idea that everything you do has to be anthemic. The simplicity of this track is a sound and a beat. Sometimes these two things come together so easily, and within moments you have a song. At one point I tried to sing on this track but it sounded dumb.. unless I become a rapper (album 3???) I don’t think its for me. Actually I guess the whisper vocals are kinda like me rapping… I guess when I try to make rhythm with words I just turn into a warlock.

The entire HABITAT EP is now streaming on our fav site, Rookiemag.com!

http://www.rookiemag.com/?p=78085

Also features a great interview with moi (katie) all about the EP.

photo by annie wolf

photo by annie wolf

photo by annie wolf

photo by annie wolf

Habitat EP

The Habitat EP has been getting nice reviews! Its cool to see that people are getting what we were trying to do with this release.. The b-sides are pretty weird/experimental tracks but it looks they are being embraced which is good news for the future : ) :)

http://drownedinsound.com/releases/18274/reviews/4147851

http://www.thefourohfive.com/review/article/austra-habitat-ep-140

None of Dem

We covered the Robyn/Royksopp track “None of Dem” a few years ago for triple J :)

snake eyes foto @misskateyoung

snake eyes foto @misskateyoung

Not All Men

"Women were again sternly reminded this week that “Not all men…”

If we were talking about rhino poaching, we wouldn’t be expected to begin the conversation by saying we know that not all men poach rhinos – that we know that lots of men truly love rhinos and would give their lives for rhinos. It’s a given. No one would be chastized for not sending out a disclaimer, “I’m very grateful to all the amazing people in my life who’ve never slaughtered a rhino,” or declaring that most of the men they know are practically goddamned rhino veterinarians. We’d just talk about what the hell we were going to do because rhinos are in danger.”

- Tabatha Southey

What it Means to be a Gemini

Decisions are incredible difficult. More so than making them, it is maintaining them. Spontinaity is not an issue. “This is going to be my new self starting now” is not hard to say, but then on day two, that self suddenly becomes undesirable. Not only the self, but the people around the self also become undesirable. The shining beacon of human perfection in your life becomes a disease on day two, one that you cannot live with. And in order to compensate for the changes you need to make among those that surround you, you have to change the self again. A new self, a new goal from this day forward, and then you come upon day three where everything is different once again.

The pull to be alone, to be in a group, to be a pair is constant. To be an extrovert, to be an introvert. To be a human delight, to be a toxic burden.

As I enter a new year since my birth, I am thinking about how the stars have affected me and my life, how I have ended up here are where else i might have been had i not been born a gemini.

OUR CURRENT EUROPEAN FESTIVAL SCHEDULE + HEADLINE GIG AT LONDON’S OVAL SPACE
MORE TO COME! XO

OUR CURRENT EUROPEAN FESTIVAL SCHEDULE + HEADLINE GIG AT LONDON’S OVAL SPACE

MORE TO COME! XO

McDonalds goth

McDonalds goth

Sasquatch! Sarah Landau makes light, even when there’s none

Sasquatch! Sarah Landau makes light, even when there’s none