Austra, “Future Politics”

Meredith Schneider

photo by Renata Raksha

As if in direct response to the political climate in the U.S., Austra is on point with their new video for their single “Future Politics”. A message of hope takes the forefront at the beginning, and then scenes of mass amounts of people going about their every day, driving and walking and looking mindless at best are shown. This is juxtaposed with footage of individuals in pain – scenes of mass destruction that look like a Zombie Apocalypse or plague are upon us – and an array of people in a dreamlike state staring at the sky. Perhaps there is no linear narrative, but the fact that you are led to question the norm and “learn to glorify the act of doing absolutely nothing” is respectable.

Future Politics is out January 20th on Domino.

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