The Arcade Fire
It's almost hard to believe this album isn't a secret like everything else Arcade Fire does and that we can actually listen to it. It's a really, really good turn of events, though.
As the Canadian rock band's fourth album, Reflektor is perhaps their best to date and was produced in collaboration with former LCD Soundsystem frontman James Murphy. Showcasing a positive evolution and change in sound, the double disc was, according to frontman Win Butler, most influenced by his time in Haiti.
He told Rolling Stone: "Going to Haiti for the first time with Regine was the beginning of a major change in the way that I thought about the world... There was a band I [feel] changed me musically, just really opened me up to this huge, vast amount of culture and influence I hadn't been exposed to before, which was really life-changing." Who knew...
Wrapped in Red
Okay, there's no denying it, Christmas is fast approaching. Like it or not, we'll soon be drowning in snow but, on the upside, we'll also be eating lots and lots of goodies.
The first major holiday release of 2013 comes courtesy of the original American Idol, Miss Kelly Clarkson herself.
For her first Christmas-themed CD, Clarkson tackles a number of Christmas classics and throws in some original material as well. Citing Bing Crosby's soundtrack for 1954 film White Christmas and Rosemary Clooney's soundtrack for 2003 film Love Actually as her main inspirations, she delivers a really great album we're willing to start listening to right now. Hoorah!
Night Time, My Time
Sky Ferreira's debut album, Night Time, My Time, follows in the footsteps of her two previous EPs, 2011's As If! and 2012's Ghost, but gives us a whole lot more Sky (just look at the freakin' cover!).
Talking to Marie Claire magazine, Ferreira described the record as being made up of "ten up-tempo songs, all still pretty electronic, although for some reason it comes across more pop-rocky live."
The way we see it is, if you have yet to hear Sky, this is the perfect introduction and if you're already a fan, you'll have Night Time, My Time on replay in no time.