Future Politics

Austra - Future Politics
Critic Score
Based on 23 reviews
2017 Ratings: #474 / 876
User Score
Based on 163 ratings
2017 Ratings: #375
Liked by 1 person
January 20, 2017 / Release Date
LP / Format
Domino / Label
Synthpop, Electropop / Genres
austramusic.com / Website
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The 405
The personal is political, and Austra just did us a favour: they’ve laid down the cards by singing them - and done it very well.
Drowned in Sound

Future Politics is political, danceable, dark, shimmering and hopeful. Not a combination easily achievable, but Austra have never been a normal band. Utopia might be fiction, but Future Politics is real, beautiful, necessary.

If you’re still feeling drained and deadened by the traumas of 2016, perhaps it’s time for a musical tonic. Like cold, clean water, Austra’s ‘Future Politics’ washes clear the mental muck, leaving you feeling alive again.

Although it's an intertextual and oftentimes challenging listen, Future Politics is also a compelling call to action to collectively conceive of the future and its manifold possibilities — especially in a time when it's easier to imagine how the world ends than how it's supposed to thrive.


Future Politics is another impressive step in the evolution of Austra: while the band’s second album was a move towards shiny, commercial pop, the follow up sees a more sparse, fragile collection of songs.

In short, the Canadian four-piece’s third LP is a terrific fusion of indie, new-wave and house that demands attention.

Future Politics' rare balance of poise and intensity makes it their most accomplished and emotionally satisfying album yet.


Electronic music isn't the first genre that comes to mind when people think of artists that are politically engaged, but if ever there was a year where that could change then 2017 may be that year.

A.V. Club

Its dystopia is less the dismal Blade Runner environment we typically associate with the word and more the invisibly sinister, pacifying beauty found in films like Her. It’s a fitting application of Austra’s icy electropop and a natural evolution from its house-influenced sophomore effort, Olympia.


Future Politics doesn’t depart from Austra’s sound so much as filter it. Stelmanis’ band, and its sound, are pared down, producing straightforward, minimal music akin to club artists like Marie Davidson or Kate Wax, or perhaps Björk’s electronic work.


Future Politics finds Austra continuing their exploration into various strains of electronica, proving again that they have more versatility up their sleeve than some initially believed.

The Line of Best Fit

The result is another record that provides ample room for the elaborate unfurling of Stelmanis’ talents as a vocalist, her altitudinous range the billowing banner of a call to arms.

God Is in the TV

What you get out of Future Politics will depend on what you’re willing to put into it, and how much you’re prepared to really listen to Stelmanis’ lyrics.  But even if you’re not that way inclined, Austra have still produced another fine electro-pop record that continues to show they’re evolving as an outfit.

Northern Transmissions

While contending with despair and malaise, Austra’s Future Politics ultimately seeks out hope.

Under The Radar
Mostly captivating, the limitations of this mood space start to emerge when the feel of the music stagnates.
The Skinny

On Future Politics we find Austra revolving on the spot, caught in a flattering beam of light but still hovering on the brink of taking those first, brave steps towards a radical utopia. After all, it’s easier to speak of change than it is to cause it.


An artist with such musical talents is always going to make an impression, but with ‘Future Politics’ the manner in which things have been presented has let the final product down.

The Guardian

Future Politics succeeds in conjuring the current feeling of exhaustion and the modern malaise – but is more like the confused anticipation of the present every day rather than the post-apocalyptic future.

No Ripcord

Prescient and apt though it may be, it struggles to find its footing as it straddles the line between radicalism and neutral soundscape. Pared down compositions cede center stage to the lyrics and the message, poignant in their simplicity, yet perhaps a bit too transparent in places.

Fav Tracks: Future Politics, Angel in Your Eye
Austra is a little more focused in this new project and partially hits all the right notes with its fusion of electronic synths and pop vocals. I like the tempo and how passionate tend to be Stelmanis' voice, however it gets to a point where the effect is gone and it seems like she's doing the same over and over again. The production is a hit and miss for me, like sometimes it feels deep and resonating but overall it's lackluster against the lyrics that are usually decent. In the end I think ... read more
Occasionally pretty, occasionally great melodies, some thought-provoking lyrics, but a lot of vagueness, lots of repetition, dark, new-wave Depece Mode beats that don't really develop. I mean, it's okay.

Full review: https://reviewsbybitterblossom.wordpress.com/2017/02/09/austra-future-politics/
I don't know what it is about this, but I just like it I don't love it
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Track List

  1. We Were Alive
  2. Future Politics
  3. Utopia
  4. I'm a Monster
  5. I Love You More Than You Love Yourself
  6. Angel in Your Eye
  7. Freepower
  8. Gaia
  9. Beyond a Mortal
  10. Deep Thought
  11. 43
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Added on: October 19, 2016