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  • Olympia Olympia Quick View

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    Olympia

    Olympia is an album of transformation. Though it has only been two years since Austra's 2010 debut
    Feel It Break, it presents a quantum evolution in the Toronto-based band's sound, structure and style.


    After three years of non-stop international touring with the likes of The xx, Grimes and the Gossip,
    when it came time to record Olympia, Austra had evolved into a complex collaborative effort between
    its six members. "Previously, I would flesh out songs before I brought them to the band, but this time
    I left them bare and let the others fill them in" explains Katie Stelmanis, the principal songwriter/vocalist.


    Olympia is also the first confessional record for Stelmanis as evidenced by the heartfelt lyrics of piano
    driven lead single "Home." The album touches on a range of sentiments that stem from a relationship
    ending, a relationship beginning, and friends' struggles with addiction and motivation. Despite the
    sometimes dark lyrics written in collaboration with band member Sari Lightman, Olympia is bubbly
    and buoyant- fundamentally a dance record, which Stelmanis says was the band's aim all along. "We
    are really into dense harmonies and big beautiful melodies, but I also love techno and dance music. I
    wanted to bring those elements together."


    Though Olympia is filled with electronic and synthetic sounds that reference everything from Trax
    Record classic cuts to Yazoo's Upstairs At Eric's, it's free of programming and loops. Everything was
    played live by the band in the studio and all of the percussion including a wild set up of marimbas and
    congas performed by drummer Maya Postepski. "There is a major percussive element running through
    every song," Stelmanis laughs, "this is the album where we discovered rhythm."


    The album was produced by Austra with additional production by Mike Haliechuk (Fucked Up)


    Vocal production by Damian Taylor (Bjork, the Killers)


    Engineered by Leon Taheny and Bill Skibbe (the Kills, Wild Belle,
    Dead Weather)


    Mixed by Tom Elmhirst (Adele, Erasure, Hot Chip).

    1. What We Done?
    2. Forgive Me
    3. Painful Like
    4. Sleep
    5. Home
    6. Fire
    7. I Don't Care (I'm a Man)
    8. We Become
    9. Reconcile
    10. Annie (Oh muse, you)
    11. You Changed My Life
    12. Hurt Me Now
    Austra
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  • Upstairs At Eric's (Out Of Stock) Upstairs At Eric's (Out Of Stock) Quick View

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    Upstairs At Eric's (Out Of Stock)

    An 80s Landmark: Ex-Depeche Mode Member Vince Clarke and Vocalist Alison Moyet Create Synthpop Classic


    Smoky Blues Purring, Cool Jazz Vibes, Disco-Tinged Beats, and Dancefloor Minimalism Add Up to Electropop Genius


    All the Grooves Hit the Low-Frequency Targets: LP Mastered on Mobile Fidelitys World-Renowned Mastering System and Pressed at RTI


    Includes Hits Don't Go, Situation, and Only You


    The 1980s will forever be remembered for electropop sensations, yet few, if any, are quite as sensational as Yazs Upstairs at Erics. A standard-setting mÉlange of smoky blues singing, jazzy arrangements, disco-tinged beats, and dancefloor vibes, the smash debut fits equally as well at a late-night club as it does in a living room, where the records complexity and exoticism takes listeners hostage. No wonder the 1982 landmark remains one of the decades most essential albums.


    Mastered on Mobile Fidelitys world-renowned mastering system and pressed at RTI, this numbered limited edition Silver Label LP breathes with a decongested openness, textural richness, and tonal palette never before experienced on previous analog or digital editions. Alison Moyets inimitable vocals, such a huge part of the records appeal, are dramatically enhanced, her sensual timbre, bittersweet crooning, and knockout range now encompassing the full frequency spectrum and projecting outward in a way that traverses the flatness of the original pressings.


    Indeed, her bluesy deliveries are at once elegant and exuberant, and give collaborative partner Vince Clarke free range to construct beat architectures that encompass freewheeling disco, house music, uptempo dance, and chilled-out pop. The former Depeche Mode member also layers on elegant keyboard melodies, establishing contagious hooks and electronic-laced landscapes that preceded the techno explosion and do so with a cooler elegance. Tape loops, random field-noise dialogues, and synth-stroked bass notes add to whats nothing less than a perfect collusion of moody paranoia and soulful warmth.


    While a cousin to synth-pop LPs by the likes of the Eurythmics, Soft Cell, OMD, and Depeche Mode, Yazs Upstairs at Erics is singular for its chemistry between Moyet and Clarke and an insouciant batch of songs high on emotion, style, and substance.


    This title is not eligible for discount.

    1. Don't Go
    2. Too Pieces
    3. Bad Connection
    4. I Before E Except After C
    5. Midnight
    6. In My Room
    7. Only You
    8. Goodbye Seventies
    9. Situation
    10. Winter Kills
    11. Bring Your Love Down (Didn't I)
    Yaz
    $24.99
    Vinyl LP - Sealed Temporarily out of stock
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