Image by Virginie Khateeb
BlackBook have been utterly smitten Austra fans since 2011’s Feel it Break. So news of a new album by the Toronto synth-pop army of one—Katie Stelmanis—was not to be taken lightly.
And if the advance single “Risk It” is any indication, our love remains intensely immovable. With its staccato strings intro, and dramatically squeaked out opening vocal, the new song seems like an imagined soundtrack for a Derek Jarman film that never got made. Musically, the moody synth-pop stunner is something like 1983 Ultravox going a bit house, with Stelmanis viscerally intoning, “I’m circling to keep you left of me / It’s slowly killing me.”
We can absolutely relate. And the accompanying video is appropriately Lynchian noir, with a decidedly Twin Peaks sort of surreality.
After early May gigs in Toronto and Brooklyn, she’ll also embark on an eight date mini European tour—which is the perfect excuse to be in Warsaw or Berlin this spring, no?