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Austra takes us through Future Politics on this week's Backstage Pass

Jacquie Lee

Montreal-based synth-pop band Austra returned this year with its third album, Future Politics. An unsurprisingly politically charged record, it was coincidentally released the same day as President Donald Trump's inauguration.

Self-reflective and optimistic, Future Politics tackles heady social issues with expressive beats to create an ambiance you just want to soak in. We sat down with singer, songwriter and producer Katie Stelmanis to delve deeper into the music and message as she and the band got ready to play never-before-heard tracks for a packed house inside CBC Music's Studio 211.

Check it all out on this week's episode of CBC Music's Backstage Pass here:

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