“Beat and the Pulse” is dark and elegant and really, really sexy. It also sounds a little bit dangerous, like it could nicely play over the club scene in Black Swan. Austra’s Katie Stelmanis has a voice that recalls The Knife/Fever Ray’s Karin Dreijer Andersson, the woman who's done more to define the current resurgence of goth than any other artist. Yet Stelmanis makes music that's more hook-filled than anything The Knife have released since Heartbeats back in 2003. Time will tell whether Austra take their sound further toward mainstream pop or follow their Swedish electro-goth godheads into weirder, darker territory. One thing's for sure—you won't find Austra concert tees being sold alongside "goth" fingerless gloves at Hot Topic.
Austra—Beat and the Pulse 12”
"Beat and the Pulse"
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