Austra + DIANA
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"Home" is the sound of Austra emerging from the dark. Feel It Break, the Canadian act's 2011 debut, bewitched with bleak synthesizers and Kate Bush–y vocal drama. Initially, the first single from the sophomore Olympia swims in similar moods. Katie Stelmanis sings over a sad piano. But then enters the rubbery bass line, and then the bongos, and then the horns. Soon, "Home" is slice of gothic disco. Feel It Break was a band wandering in midnight mists, and in indie trends—a bit of witch-house here, a touch of Florence there. Olympia is nocturnal, too, but creates its own startlingly unique nightclub. DIANA practices more predictable dream-pop.