Austra's new album Future Politics is out today, the same day as the inauguration of President Donald Trump. For a time, the record by the Toronto-based group will be free/pay-what-you-can on Bandcamp, with proceeds going to Planned Parenthood.
"Two years ago, I started writing Future Politics in response to what I saw as a fast approaching dystopia," Austra bandleader Katie Stelmanis wrote on Twitter. "I meant it as a call to imagine something different, a better future. At the time, Donald Trump was not even on the radar- now here we are, confronted with his election and the impending dystopia is suddenly a reality. Our long planned release date now has the horrible significance of also being the day he takes office. This record is our commitment to envisioning something different as humans, something outside of the current systems of say what you want, take what you want, and give nothing back."
She concludes: "I still have radical hope for the future, and I would be honored for Future Politics to be a part of your soundtrack to creating change."
Listen to Future Politics below and check out Austra's FADER mix.