Feel It Break - Domino
FILTER Grade: 82%
By Tamara Vallejos on May 19, 2011
Upon first listen, Austra’s debut album Feel It Break comes off like a cross between The Knife and a gothier version of Florence and The Machine. But while Austra’s dark and sexy synth may be taking pages from previously-written books, frontwoman Katie Stelmanis’ voice is distinctively her own—and it’s definitely the main attraction. A classically trained musician, Stelmanis also took years of opera lessons and her time with the Canadian Children’s Opera Chorus afforded her opportunities to perform with Toronto’s prestigious Canadian Opera Company. It couldn’t have been easy to find a balance between arias and electro, but she’s done just that, funneling her knowledge of proper technique into Austra’s sound so that her soaring notes, enviable precision and crystal-clear tone are arresting without ever being over-the-top. A perfect example? Seductive second single “Lose It,” which pairs coquettishly high-flying vocals with a pulsating call to the dancefloor.