Toronto-based Austra is set to release a brand new four-track Habitat EP on June 17th on Domino (Rest of the world) / Paper Bag Records (Canada).
"Habitat is an old song that we've waited almost three years to release, says the band's Katie Stelmanis. "It didn't seem to fit with the sounds of Feel it Break or Olympia, so we decided to finally put it out as a single along with 3 new instrumental tracks. There's a lot of live versions of the song online but people have always pressed us to make a proper recording, so we are especially excited to announce these limited-edition physical copies of the EP. It'sa euro-style computer music experiment produced with love from me, Maya, and Dorian."
The band recently completed US west coast dates with Chvrches after having performed at Coachella. In addition to a series of upcoming North American festivals such as Sasquatch in George, WA and Field Trip in Toronto, the band have several UK and European shows over the summer.
Austra's last studio album Olympia was written and recorded in collaboration with members of Austra's touring band. The album takes influences from musical sources including South American wind ensembles, eastern folk music, 80s industrial and Chicago house. Olympia remains a pop record of deep layers and subtle gesture.
Habitat EP tracklisting:
3. Bass Drum Dance
05-24 George, WA - Sasquatch Festival
06-07 Toronto, ON - Field Trip Festival
06-21 Ottawa, ON - Ottawa Jazz Festival
07-03 Arosa, ES - Festival Do Norte Isla De Arosa
07-05 La Geltru, ES - Vida Festival Vilanova I
07-10 London, UK - Oval Space
07-11 Liege, BE - Les Ardentes Music Festival
07-14 Bruges, BE - Cactus Festival
07-19 Chiaverano, IT - A Night Like This Festival
08-09 Squamish, BC - Squamish Festival
09-05 Berlin, DE - Festival Berlin
Photo credit: Kate Young