Toronto-based group Austra will release its sophomore album, Olympia, on June 18 via Domino. In anticipation of the release, the follow-up to 2011’s Feel It Break, the Canadian sextet has premiered “Home,” the first cut off the album.
 
The song offers some deeply personal lyrics from singer Katie Stelmanis, who explains in a press release, “I was mad and upset, and the song just wrote itself.” Despite the heavy context, the song is driven by a dance-inducing piano, reminiscent of the Rapture’s “How Deep Is Your Love.” Discussing the influences behind the new album, Stelmanis says, “We are really into dense harmonies and big beautiful melodies, but I also love techno and dance music. I wanted to bring those elements together.”
 
Austra will also hit the road for a number of SXSW showcases followed by some European and U.S. dates in June. You can stream “Home” and check out Austra’s tour dates below. Look out for Olympia on June 18.
 

 
Tour Dates For Austra:
03/13 – Austin, TX – Vice Land (Vice SXSW)
03/14 – Austin, TX – Hype Hotel (Hype Machine SXSW)
03/15 – Austin, TX – The Mohawk (Windish SXSW)
03/16 – Austin, TX – Elysium (Moog SXSW)
03/16 – Austin, TX – Old Emo’s (Brooklynvegan SXSW)
06/02 – Dublin, IE – Forbidden Fruit
06/06 – Zurich, SE – Plaza
06/07 – Luzerne, SE – Sudpol
06/08 – Yverdon-les Bains, SE – L’Amalgame
06/10 – Amsterdam, NL – Bitterzoet
06/12 – Paris, FR – Nouvelle Casino
06/14 – Berlin, DE – Lido
06/17 – London, UK – Hoxton Bar Grill
06/20 – Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall Of Williamsburg
06/23 – Los Angeles, LA – Troubadour
06/26 – San Francisco, CA – The Independent
 
Tracklist For Olympia
01. What We Done?
02. Forgive Me
03. Painful Like
04. Sleep
05. Home
06. Fire
07. I Don’t Care (I’m A Man)
08. We Become
09. Reconcile
10. Annie (Oh Muse, You)
11. You Changed My Life
12. Hurt Me Now