Following a sudden change of heart while living in Montreal and after five years of extensive touring, Austra’s front-woman Katie Stelmanis sought warmer grounds in order to escape the Canadian winter. She ended up moving to Mexico City where she re-encountered her creative harmony, and took interest in science-fiction manifestos and novels while living under the Mexican sun. Now, Future Politics is set to become a shared product of her transition towards a happier state of mind, providing suggestions and solutions, and persuading us to take action against the current political downward spiral.

Despite being a pleasant (and dancier) attempt after their debut Feel It Break, 2013’s Olympia still felt both short and a search for focus. In a world that has become painted in hues of political red and spray-tan orange, Future Politics is presented as a musical manifesto of their optimistic Utopian views, proving once again that Austra are a force to be reckoned with. Leaving aside their Chicago/Detroit-house inspired beats and diving into gloomier topics and luscious sounds, the power of Stelmanis’ lyrics is what makes this new release stronger than its predecessor.

As “a commitment to replace the approaching dystopia,” lead single ‘Utopia’ provides us with an alternative reality and insight to the core topic of this -- if we can call it that -- concept album. However, the title track and lead single (released alongside a video that is worth watching) soundtracks the “what’s next?” in the political state of emergency that we’re currently living in. This album is perhaps not exclusively aiming towards a colourful revolution; it also demands introspection and careful thought. ‘I Am A Monster’, one of the most haunting ballads voiced by Katie where her operatic voice takes the spotlight, or the standout ‘Gaia’, a catchy and dignifying homage to Mother Nature, are also able to secure a couple of points in the awareness regarding social issues. Though Stelmanis’ production returned to a semi-bedroom project during her time of seclusion in Montreal and Mexico, the dancing and effusive component that makes Austra the band they are has not been left out: it has cleverly placed and properly polished.

In the end, Future Politics is a call for reaction. You’re supposed to feel, to fight, to question, to contradict, to be active and to open yourself to a world of endless possibilities. It is also urging us to be transparent, present and receptive to a wider spectrum than just the binaries. Isn’t that the future? 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.