New Music from Spoon, the xx, and Arcade Fire Means It’s Basically 2010 Again

New Music from Spoon, the xx, and Arcade Fire Means It’s Basically 2010 Again

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Meryl Williams
Feb 2, 2017

Two recent singles and a new album release have my Spotify sounding like it's time traveling, and I'm not mad about it. The xx released a new album called I See You on January 13, and both Spoon and Arcade Fire dropped new singles from their anticipated 2017 albums to come. If you're too busy to track them down individually, don't worry—I made you a playlist. Let's act like it's 2010 together.

Back at the start of this decade, my iTunes queue was full of Spoon's 2010 album, Transference. You might know this band from its prominent use in Veronica Mars or as the band backing the soundtrack of the weirdest, best Will Ferrell movie you've never seen. Spoon's new single, "Hot Thoughts," is a promising start to what's probably going to be a killer 2017 full release. It's rumored to be coming out March 17.

Six years ago, I was also listening to 2010's iconic album, The Suburbs. Arcade Fire was pure fire and you couldn't go two blocks in your city without hearing someone blasting "Ready To Start" or the album's title track (which came with its own harrowing Spike Jonze-directed music video). While the band's been touring, they haven't had new music since 2013 – until now, with the drop of their new single with Mavis Staples, "I Give You Power." While there's no confirmed release date for a new album yet, the band did release The Reflektor Tapes/Live At Earls Court last week, a film showing footage from stops on their 2014 Reflektor album tour.


My early 2010s were significantly marked by the xx's 2009 self-titled album, which you should absolutely go back and listen to if you haven't. This British band thrived on haunting electronics back then, but their 2017 release is a lot more dance-y. The band is also making use of different instruments than they have in the past, like some horns at the album's start. So far, my favorites from I See You are the opening track called "Dangerous," the album's first single "On Hold," and "I Dare You"—the last of which feels a little more like their initial work. That said, all of it's great, and it's a perfect album to have playing when you're trying to motivate yourself and need to focus.

Let's go back to the good old days of literally less than a decade ago and take a deep dive into some new, awesome music. Happy listening!

What band from the past (recent or not) do you wish would release new music?

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