Album Release

AUSTRA

HiRUDiN

Domino - distribuzione Self - 01 maggio 2020

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Essere in una relazione tossica a volte può sembrare come perdersi in un labirinto. Ogni volta che giri un angolo, ti ritrovi al punto di partenza. Oggi?Austra?aka Katie Austra Stelmanis annuncia il quarto album?HiRUDiN?in uscita il 01 maggio.?HiRUDiN?è un riconoscimento audace di questi modelli di comportamento e la prova che è possibile romperli.

Dopo aver condiviso?“Risk It”?oggi?Austra?condivide il nuovo singolo?“Anywayz”. Riguardo al nuovo singolo Stelmanis afferma, “il brano esplora la paura che provi quando lasci qualcuno, e quando realizzi che anche senza di loro, il resto del mondo continua indenne, come se nulla fosse successo.”
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La regista del video per?“Anywyz”?(e anche per “Risk It”) Jasmin Mozaffari (‘Firecrackers’) afferma,?“Volevo che il video fosse drammatico e caotico, proprio come il dolore per un cuore spezzato, concretizzando questa paura. Il concept si concentra su una versione rafforzata di Katie, chiusa dentro un luogo arido, una sorta di gabbia formata dai suoi pensieri. Lei resiste, ma mentre il tempo persiste e il mondo esterno prospera, alla fine?ne viene travolta?“

Katie Austra Stelmanis?è conosciuta con il suo secondo nome sotto il quale ha pubblicato tre album e ha partecipato a numerosi tour. Lei ha sempre scritto, prodotto e suonato tutti i suoi album, occiasionalmente condividendo i palchi con una band. Dall’esterno le cose andavano alla grande: si è costruita una fan base devota e si è esibita in show sold out in tutto il mondo. Nonostante ciò, Stelmanis iniziò a sentirsi paralizzata e poco ispirata. “Stavo perdendo la fiducia nelle mie idee”, spiega. Senza rendersene conto, si ritrovò in una relazione tossica che la stava distruggendo.

Quando iniziò ad affrontare le sue insicurezze, fu in grado di guardare avanti:?“Le mie relazioni personali e creative erano legate tra loro, e sapevo che l’unica cosa da fare era quella di separarsi dalle persone e dai comfort che erano parte di?me?ormai da dieci anni e rincominciare da capo.”?Oltre ai cambiamenti nella sua vita personale,?HiRUDiN?vide Austra adottare un nuovo aproccio per fare l’album. Cercò nuovi collaboratori e prenotò una sessione di tre giorni a Toronto con nuovi musicisti che non aveva mai incontrato. Si tratta di due membri del gruppo di improvvisazione classica c_RL, il duo Kamancello, l’ensemble Pantayo e un coro di bambini.

Dopo aver raccolto parecchio materiale,?Austra?si chiuse in uno studio nella campagna spangnola e si occupò dei sample, degli arrangiamenti, della scrittura e della produzione dei brani.?“Mi sono trovata davvero a mio agio nel ruolo di produttrice per questo album,”?afferma,?“decidere cosa volevo e come lo volevo mi ha fatto sentire forte.”?HiRUDiN?l’ha vista inoltre collaborare per la pima volta con i co-produttori?David Wrench?(mixaggio) e?Heba Kadry?(mastering).?“è stato incredibilmente liberatorio lavorare con così tante persone, ho imparato molto.”?afferma.?“Mi sono sentita completamente rivitalizzata”.
Mentre il terzo album di?Austra?Future Politics?trattava delle potenti strutture esterne che modellano la società,?HiRUDiN?guarda?in profondità.?Mostra un viaggio profondamente personale verso la rigenerazione, parlando di relazioni tossiche, vergogna queer e insicurezze. Chiamato come la peptide rilasciata dalle sanguisughe (l’anticoagulante più potente del mondo),?HiRUDiN?parla dell’importanza di guarire se stessi, lasciando andare le influenze dannose e trovando la forza di ripartire attraverso un’indagine dei desideri più intimi.

 

Tracklisting:

Anywayz

All I Wanted

How Did You Know?

Your Family

Risk It

Interlude i

It’s Amazing

Mountain Baby feat. Cecile Believe

I Am Not Waiting

Interlude ii

Messiah

 

HiRUDiN?è disponibile per il pre-ordine su vinile deluxe, vinile standard, vinile color muschio firmato (solo sul Dom Mart con un poster), CD e in digitale. Pre-ordina:?Dom Mart?|?Digital

 

May live dates

5th – Longboat Hall, Toronto

7th – The Sultan Room, New York – Sold out

12th – Hoxton Hall, London – Sold out

13th – Le Badaboum, Paris – Sold out

14th – Mil.Leni Festival, Barcelona

16th – Mallorca Live Festival, Palma de Mallorca

18th – Theater Im Delphi, Berlin – Sold out

20th – Niebo, Warsaw

21st – WUK, Vienna

22nd – Tomavistas Festival, Madrid

Tickets

 

ABOUT

And when your family comes back to town,?

Do you know what you’ll say when they ask about me?

Your Family”?

Being in a toxic relationship can sometimes feel like being lost in a maze. Every attempt to turn a corner lands you back where you started. Austra’s fourth album, HiRUDiN, is both a bold acknowledgement of such patterns of behaviour and a testament to the power of breaking them.?

While Austra’s third album, Future Politics, was concerned with the external power structures that shape society, HiRUDiN points inward. It traces a deeply personal journey towards regeneration, dealing with the fallout of toxic relationships, queer shame, and insecurity along the way. HiRUDiN is about the importance of healing the self, letting go of harmful influences, and finding the power to rebuild through exploring your innermost desires.

Katie Austra Stelmanis has been better known by her middle name for three albums, ten years, and countless tours. She wrote, produced, and performed all her own records, occasionally sharing the spotlight with a band to tour live. From the outside, things were going really well for a while: she built a devoted fan base and sold out shows all around the world. However, on the inside, Stelmanis was beginning to feel stagnant and uninspired. “I was losing faith in my own ideas,” she explains. Without realising it, she’d got caught up in a toxic relationship that was tearing her apart.?

It wasn’t until Stelmanis was ready to face her insecurities that she was able to see a way forward: “My creative and personal relationships were heavily intertwined, and I knew the only answer was to part ways with all of the people and comforts that I’d known for the better part of a decade and start again.” Alongside making changes in her personal life, starting again also meant taking an entirely different approach to making a record. She booked three days of sessions in Toronto with improv musicians she’d never met before. They included two thirds of contemporary classical improv group c_RL, the cellist and kamanche duo Kamancello, kulintang ensemble Pantayo, and a children’s choir.?

In early 2018, Stelmanis holed up in a studio in the Spanish countryside with all the material she’d recorded and a handful of song ideas. The free-spirited energy of her new musical encounters fuelled her creative decisions. While the songs on HiRUDiN were largely acoustically recorded, Stelmanis took a collage approach to sampling, arranging, and producing them, which allowed for a multitude of musical languages and interpolations to flourish. “I found myself really enjoying the role of producer for this record,” she says, “directing and arranging a very disparate array of parts and people and feeling strong in my own conviction for what I wanted it to sound like.”?

As well as live session players, Stelmanis worked for the first time with outside producers. She brought in Rodaidh McDonald and Joseph Shabason as co-producers between months of editing, re-writing, and re-arranging the songs herself. Further tweaks and turns came via Cecile Believe and Casey MQ before David Wrench laid the final mixing touches and Heba Kadry worked her mastering magic.?

As I put together a final tracklisting, I realized the songs deeply reflected what I myself had gone through,” reflects Stelmanis. “Feeling insecure and in a toxic relationship, coming out of it, and then healing.” On lead single “Risk It,” she pitches her voice up to a chipmunk level over a chorus of wind instruments to capture the desperation in feeling scared to leave a relationship. On the clear-eyed and cathartic “All I Wanted,” she addresses relationship transgressions with some of the most direct and potent lyrics she’s ever written: It doesn’t matter what you say to me / ‘Cause I’m leaving tomorrow. The album’s songs of healing include the tentative yet tender “How Did You Know,” on which she contemplates new love, while “Messiah” is a song about finding balance in a relationship.

Working through this cycle led Stelmanis to the name HiRUDiN. “Thinking about toxic relationships, I started reading about leeches,” she explains. “I learned that when they suck your blood, they release a peptide called hirudin that is the most potent anticoagulant in the world. So, although leeches themselves are considered parasitic, they also have the ability to heal. As with toxic relationships, which give you an opportunity to grow and learn more about yourself.”

From oddball pop masterpiece “Mountain Baby feat. Cecile Believe” to the pulsating incantation of “Your Family” HiRUDiN reaps the rewards of Stelmanis’s leap into the unknown. “It was incredibly liberating and a huge learning process to work with so many different people,” she says. “I felt completely revitalized.” A testament to the power of trying something new, HiRUDiN’s songs of regeneration constitute Austra’s most introspective yet inventive statement to date.

Key collaborators (with notes from Katie Stelmanis):

Rodaidh McDonald (The xx, Sampha, Savages) – co-producer (master of arrangement)

Joseph Shabason (The War on Drugs, Destroyer, Diana) – co-producer, sax and synths (master of texture)

Cecile Believe (SOPHIE) – featured vocalist, co-writer and additional production (master of pop-hook)

Casey MQ – additional production (aspiring boy band)

C_RL – keyboards, percussion (true artists of noise)

Kamancello – (metal) cello, Kurdish violin

Pantayo (5-piece, all girl Filipino gong punk band) – gongs

Heather Kirby – engineer (the best in Toronto)

 

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