Austra's thudding "The Beat and the Pulse" evokes the Knife or School of Seven Bells as the forerunners to this type of spacious, industrial music. The machines are unrelenting, sucking us under while vocals attack from above. Both claustrophobic, taut and expansive and austere, Austra have crafted a downtown single that refuses basic systems of order, instead choosing outright assault from the darkest of corners; birds searching for clarion. If you're ripped to bits, it will be because you imagined all this was true, possible and very much happening.
Listen :: Austra - "The Beat and the Pulse"