Media Madness Monday: Goth and Austra

media madness monday

I'm a media junkie, not just books, but TV, movies, music, podcasts, and internet nonsense. Every Monday I discuss something that's caught my interest this past week.

This Monday I mostly want to discuss music I’ve listened to this week. I’m always checking out the new Songza playlists* and this week they had an interesting one titled: All-Night Goth Pop, which is perfect as your RIP IX soundtrack. It’s got some old favorite bands like Depeche Mode, New Order, Joy Division, and new bands like Crystal Castles. Some of it does sound a bit like Ross Geller and His Keyboard Live at Central Perk though. (Omg, The Damned Don’t Cry.)

One band that I’ve never heard of before caught my attention: Austra. Austra is an Electronic from Toronto. The band’s name, Austra, comes from the Latvian goddess of light. Like them already. I checked out their albums on itunes and bought Feel It Break which includes The Beat and the Pulse. Here’s a recording of a performance of the song from CBC Music.

Lead singer Katie Stelmanis has a beautiful voice that reminds me of Susanne Sundfor and Kate Bush. The music itself it sort of old school New Wave and Techno. It’s very moody at times like in songs like The Noise, and the spooky Spellwork, and sometimes fun like in Shoot the Water. It’s different and I hope you give it a listen.

*Yes, I use the music streaming service Songza. The radio here is terrible. I would never have found 50% of the music I bought from itunes if not for Songza. I usually buy songs right after I hear them because I have no patience and they have a Buy button on every song that directs to itunes.


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