The video for ‘Spellwork’ by Austra, which appeared on last year’s widely-acclaimed album Feel It Break, is super dreamy. Directed by Yelena Yemchuk (who was behind Smashing Pumpkins’ ‘Zero’ and ‘Thirty-Three’), the video takes a forest as its setting and is a harmonious visual accompaniment to Austra aka Katie Stelmanis’ dark and dreamy synth pop track. There’s a Crucible kind of vibe as two opposing elements of religion and the occult are at play in the video as Puritan-style dress is contrasted with allusions to ritual and witchcraft (as the name of the song would suggest). Other things to look out for: pretty girls feeding each other fruit, an unexpected blow job and pastel-coloured smoke.
Austra will be touring Australia and New Zealand with Laneway Festival this January/February, as well as playing sideshows in both Melbourne and Sydney. To make sure you don't miss out on seeing these ethereal Canadians, check out Laneway Festival's newly announced playing times and 'The Shortlist' function, where you can personalise your Laneway schedule, share with friends on Facebook and keep on track using your smart phone.
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