After a childhood as Canadian Opera Chorus chorister, Katie Stelmanis turned around and authored a debut solo LP, 2008's Join Us
, that made all kinds of sense. Setting her huge, powerhouse voice against bombastic piano jams, Stelmanis's solo record was the kind of record made by an ex-chorister. Her subsequent evolution, into gothed-out electro-pop darkness as Austra, was a little bit less expected, but far more rapturously received. Her debut Austra LP, Feel it Break
, was issued worldwide on Domino, and was widely, wisely hailed for its crisply-produced, brilliantly-staged take on Silent Shout
-ish dark-and-disturbed electro. The album ended up in the running for the Polaris
, and, inevitably, on scores of album-of-the-year lists.