Austra begs forgiveness for this alluring video
The third single and video off of their second album Olympia, is an entrancing bass driven hymn, with catchy upbeat drums and Katie Stelmanis’ angelic voice begging the sky for a chance at forgiveness, but there’s another story behind the lyrics.
“We highlighted a romance between a man and a women who seek forgiveness from each-other,” said Stelmanis, “the only forgiveness that is of any importance.”Both the song and the video completely draw you into to its allure of mysterious and mischievous malevolence. Yet it keeps you bobbing your head and chanting along with the hook because it’s incredibly catchy and on beat.
The video, directed Canadian Claire Edmondson, takes place on a foggy and sombre night, on the outskirts of civilization, with groups of young adults partaking in debaucheries, then seemingly seeking repentance.
“A night vision camera captures life in a dark park,” said Stelmanis. “Among the hidden corners and leaf-covered hideaways, people purge and absolve their sins through sexual liberation.”
Edmondson also produced their sexually tense, and wonderfully raw video for “Beat and the Pulse” from their 2011 debut Feel It Break.
Their latest release, out last June, has been receiving critical praise, and the band is soon returning from their European tour, with a sold out show in London on Nov. 25 before heading east to Hong Kong and Australia.