Home New Music SPILL NEW MUSIC: AUSTRA SHARES NEW SINGLE AND VIDEO FOR “RISK IT” VIA DOMINO RECORDS | TOUR DATES BEGIN MAY 5 IN TORONTO

SPILL NEW MUSIC: AUSTRA SHARES NEW SINGLE AND VIDEO FOR “RISK IT” VIA DOMINO RECORDS | TOUR DATES BEGIN MAY 5 IN TORONTO

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AUSTRA SHARES NEW SINGLE AND VIDEO FOR “RISK IT” VIA DOMINO RECORDS

TOUR DATES BEGIN MAY 5 IN TORONTO

Austra announces her return with the blistering new single “Risk It”; her first new music since 2017’s Future Politics. On “Risk It”, she pitches her voice up over a chorus of brass instruments to capture the desperation in feeling scared to leave a relationship. Austra sings, ‘I feel ashamed / It feels insane to seek you endlessly / Late night Remedy / But girl, I just can’t let you go.’

Jasmin Mozzafari, director of the video who won Best Director at the Canadian Screen Awards in 2019, says “I wanted to construct a narrative piece that takes place over the course of one night, focusing on a protagonist caught at the inevitable crossroads that exist when love falls apart. Ultimately, I saw ‘Risk It’ as a song about the fear of being vulnerable. At the beginning, the protagonist tries to do anything to evade this feeling; by the end, they are forced to face it.”

On “Risk It”, Austra worked with external producers for the first time, bringing in Rodaidh McDonald and Joseph Shabason to assist on production duties. “Risk It” additionally features kamanche (Kurdish violin) and cello from Canadian duo Kamancello and percussion from noise artists c_RL.

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. Austra felt the need to cut ties, personally and professionally, and start all over again. New single “Risk It” is her first new music since 2017 and marks a new chapter for Austra. 



Austra
[Single]
(Domino Records)
Release Date: January 29, 2020


Tour Dates

May 5 – Longboat Hall – Toronto, ON
May 7 – The Sultan Room – New York, NY
May 12 – Hoxton Hall – London, UK
May 13 – Le Badaboum – Paris, FR
May 14 – Mil.Leni Festival – Barcelona, ES
May 16 – Mallorca Live Festival – Palma de Mallorca, ES
May 18 – Theater Im Delphi – Berlin, DE
May 20 – Niebo – Warsaw, PL
May 21 – WUK – Vienna, AU
May 22 – Tomavistas Festival – Madrid, ES


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(Photo Credits: Virginie Khateeb)

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