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Our take

by Angus

Where previous releases had employed a slightly world-weary and broad-netted thematic view, on Canadian artist Austra’s third full length release, HiRUDiN, she employs a host of collaborators to gaze inward and tackle mostly personal subjects. Breakups and heartache are on the menu, with Katie Stelmanis gazing piercingly at the slow, painful collapse of a relationship in granular detail.

The album opens with the disco-esque shuffle of ‘Anywayz’, and as one might expect from an Austra album, heartbreak doesn’t always sound defeated, at least not in musical terms. There’s the whimsical strings of ‘All I Wanted’, the lush balladry of ‘It’s Amazing’ that eventually breaks into something vaguely celebratory, and the closing defiance of ‘Messiah’, a song that celebrates the life that can be gifted by meeting someone new.

The vitals

A small preview from Spotify

Released: 2020
Genre: Electronic/Pop
Label: Domino

Condition: New
Format: 1 x Vinyl LP
Speed: 33 1/3 RPM


. "Anywayz" (3:46)
2. "All I Wanted" (3:19)
3. "How Did You Know?" (4:20)
4. "Your Family" (1:42)
5. "Risk It" (3:38)
6. "Interlude I" (0:28)
7. "It’s Amazing" (4:18)
8. "Mountain Baby" (3:27)
9. "I Am Not Waiting" (4:34)
10. "Interlude II" (0:34)
11. "Messiah" (3:41

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Suits the common OM series cartridge. Get this guy if your old one has worn down after several hundred hours of play (or is busted).

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A deep-cleaning system for those who have big collections and second hand vinyl. No serious collector is without something like this.

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Since many of our visitors are at the beginning of their vinyl voyage, we thought it'd be helpful to have a starter's compass.

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Instant Classic is Australia's new way to buy records + the equipment to listen to them on.