Playing in an old warehouse against the backdrop of a large black and white projection reading "AUSTRA", the Canadian group presented a set slightly adapted to the electronic, rave nature of the festival. "Beat And The Pulse", for example, included heavier-than-usual beats throughout. Austra's deep keyboard sounds and Katie Stelmanis' incredible, emotional voice felt trance-like, placing the crowd under the Canadians' spell (nice "Spellwork", Austra).
"During the set I felt like I had taken some weird, wonderful drug", Austra fan Emily told us after the set. The Canadians on stage looked like they were high on it as well: focussed on their music, portraying a deep connection with the sounds they were producing.
My highlight of their set was the last song "Hurt Me Now" - Austra portrayed their ability to play deep, yet energetic content in one song.
Darken Her Horse
What We Done?
Beat and the Pulse
Hurt Me Now