Austra - HiRUDiN
Critic Score
Based on 14 reviews
2020 Ratings: #653 / 809
User Score
Based on 215 ratings
2020 Ratings: #393
Liked by 12 people
May 1, 2020 / Release Date
LP / Format
Domino / Label
Art Pop / Genres
austramusic.com / Website
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Northern Transmissions

It’s a powerful statement about letting go and untangling the maze of feelings on the way to closure, while also recognizing and breaking the toxic patterns that have become too common in her past.


While it's not as brilliantly cohesive as Future Politics, Hirudin's exploration of losing someone and finding yourself sounds like the music Stelmanis had to make.

Beats Per Minute

Katie Stelmanis has been delivering consistently big beats and sing along hooks for years, and her latest, HiRUDiN, is another notch on a belt which is tightening its grip on pop supremacy.


Katie Stelmanis’ fourth album swings for big, embodied pop moments without shying from the strangeness and discordance that’s animated the project since the beginning.

The Line of Best Fit

As well as a wide range of emotions, various musical styles are visited and executed with the causal confidence becoming synonymous with her output.

Under The Radar

Overall, HiRUDiN is a winning combination of the familiar and the peculiar and is worth a listen for fans of rhapsodic pop rock with seductive vocals and grooves.


On Austra's poignant fourth album HiRUDiN, Katie Stelmanis traces a deeply personal journey of growth, queerness and toxic relationships.


Fans of Florence And The Machine or Zola Jesus yet to investigate her yet should do, for Katie Stelmanis is one of the most distinctive voices in pop music today.

God Is in the TV

HiRUDiN, Austra’s fourth record, is the Toronto-resident’s most introspective release, as she attempts to both express her cyclical nature and finally break down it’s barriers.

Loud and Quiet

There are plenty of fun moments, but HiRUDiN never really coheres into a full-feeling album in the same way that 2017’s excellent Future Politics did.

Of all the dark pop names that stood out at the beginning of the past decade, such as Cold Cave and Trust, Katie Stelmanis and her Austra partners may have been the most creative venturers. If, at the beginning of their career, the Toronto band seemed to follow the trail of Bat For Lashes and The Knife, over the years, each new record of unpublished served as a stimulus for a completely different thematic direction. Songs that move through different genres and trends in a particular way, a ... read more
Anywayz- 7,5
All I Wanted- 6,5
How Did You Know?- 6,5
Your Family- 7
Risk It- 6,5
It's amazing- 7,5
Mountain Baby- 7
I Am Not Waiting- 7,5
Messiah- 7
Few good songs here and there.....that's is pretty much it. (Shrug)

"Anywayz" is pretty good tho
Well I am pleasantly surprised.
Austra’s first album in roughly three years gives us a collection of interesting, calculated & melodically genius tracks.
I thought this was just going to be another basic pop record but soon realized there was something different about it. The mixing and production across the board is nearly flawless. There are so many little quirky effects that add so much. I think this is probably the best thing about Hirudin.
The vocals are out of this world and so ... read more
Austra's new album is sharp, emotional and deeply honest. With precise production and echoed vocals, this new record is a set of terrific pop songs.
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Added on: March 5, 2020