Published Mar 05, 2020Toronto's Austra officially has a new album on the way. The record — titled HiRUDiN — arrives on May 1 via Pink Fizz.
According to a release, the new effort "traces a deeply personal journey towards regeneration, dealing with the fallout of toxic relationships, queer shame, and insecurity along the way."
After teasing new material with her recent single "Risk It," the artist born Katie Stelmanis has solidified her plans for the new album, a project she created under the pressure of immense persona change.
She elaborated in the following statement:
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 news of the record, Stelmanis has also shared a new single and accompanying music video. "Anywayz" arrives today with a Jasmin Mozaffari-directed video.
"I wanted the video to feel as dramatic and chaotic as heartbreak can be, bringing this fear into fruition," Mozaffari said in a statement. "The concept focuses on Katie as a heightened version of herself, sequestered inside a barren mansion that resembles a cage of her own spiralling thoughts. She resists moving on, yet as time persists and the outside world thrives, it eventually forces itself upon her."
HiRUDiN marks the artist's first material since 2017's Future Politics.
Stelmanis plans to head out on a short run of North American tour dates following the release of the record. See those dates here.
Watch the video for "Anywayz" below, where you can also find the record's tracklisting.
2. All I Wanted
3. How Did You Know?
4. Your Family
5. Risk It
6. Interlude i
7. It's Amazing
8. Mountain Baby feat. Cecile Believe
9. I Am Not Waiting
10. Interlude ii