Canadian synth-poppers Austra are preparing to release their second album. Olympia will come out on June 18, and will be co-produced by the band themselves and Fucked Up’s Mike Haliechuk. Apparently the new album will be more “bubbly.” Via Exclaim:
Where the band’s debut Feel It Break found frontwoman Katie Stelmanis bringing completed compositions to the band (then a trio), Olympia is the product of a more collaborative approach that took input from all six current members (Stelmanis on lead vocals, Maya Postepski on drums, Dorian Wolf on bass, Ryan Wonsiak on keys, and Sari and Romy Lightman on backing vocals).
As such, the record apparently bears a variety of influences and sounds, including marimbas and congas, and, on some songs, a Trax-influenced soulful tinge. The album is also said to feature dark lyrical themes (co-written by Sari Lightman), but ultimately, Olympia is more upbeat and, according to a release, “bubbly,” than its precursor.
Says Stelmanis: “We are really into dense harmonies and big beautiful melodies, but I also love techno and dance music. I wanted to bring those elements together.”
Oh good, because as much as we love Austra, large doses can leave you kind of mopey.
The first single from Olympia, “Home,” also came out earlier this week.