Austra returns with her first new song since 2017, "Risk It"
29th January 2020
Today, 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, 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."
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. On “Risk It”, she 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.
Buy “Risk It” here.May live dates
5th - Longboat Hall, Toronto
7th - The Sultan Room, New York
12th - Hoxton Hall, London
13th - Le Badaboum, Paris
14th - Mil.Leni Festival, Barcelona
16th - Mallorca Live Festival, Palma de Mallorca
18th - Theater Im Delphi, Berlin (SOLD OUT)
20th - Niebo, Warsaw
21st - WUK, Vienna
22nd - Tomavistas Festival, Madrid