Anyone in need of a pick-me-up could do a lot worse than to check out Ellie Goulding's new album.
Halcyon is the follow-up to her 2010 debut Lights, which featured hits like Starry-Eyed, Guns and Horses and Under the Sheets.
And the magic continues.
Goulding's celestial electronica is incredibly catchy, with tribal beats a la Florence contrasting with the soaring vocal harmonies.
Two songs in particular are reason enough to listen: lead single Anything Could Happen (not to be confused with the Clean classic) is a bouncy slice of pop heaven, while Lights, a 2011 single only included on some versions of the first album, and which was heavily used in promotion for the London Olympics, gives a glimpse into something a little darker.
Halcyon days were said to be the seven days in winter when storms never occur. Plug in the headphones and enjoy this respite from the world outside.
Rating: 4 / 5 stars