Stream: Austra shares genre-bending new album ‘HiRUDiN’

A subversive, layered collection of powerful tracks

Austra has shared her highly anticipated new genre-bending album, HiRUDiN.

The new record acknowledges what it’s like being in a toxic relationship, and how you can feel lost in a maze, landing back where you started after every turn. Where Austra’s last album Future Politics looked at external power structures, HiRUDiN looks inward as the artist looks at “regeneration, dealing with the fallout of toxic relationships, queer shame, and insecurity,” according to a press release.

Throughout the record, Austra finds a sort of electronic despair rooted in ballad and powerful, layered vocals reminiscent of Florence + The Machine.

Stream HiRUDiN below.