AUSTRA - "Painful Like"


So many of Austra's best songs are about the pain of love - think their recent single "Home," in which frontwoman Katie Stelmanis muses "You know that it hurts me when you don't come home at night" - so it makes sense that a track called "Painful Like" is the next single from the band's upcoming record Olympia. Stelmanis's voice soars over a dense, synth-heavy soundscape that grows in intensity as she gets more and more frustrated with someone's dismissive cattiness. The track's hidden gem, though, is that irresistible bassline, winding serpentine under driving percussion and layered vocals. Check it out - Olympia is out June 18.