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With a new year stretching out ahead of us comes the anticipation of the great new music entering the world, and our ears. We know there's fresh material due from The xx (next week), St Vincent and Chromeo. Also worthy of your attention is the release of New York guitarist and singer Julie Byrne's Not Even Happiness, which includes the hypnotic, ambient folk of 'Natural Blue' – maybe the be first great song of 2017.

Beating them all to it, Brian Eno released Reflection, a 54-minute generative piece exploring territory similar to that covered on his background classics Music for Airports and Thursday Afternoon. With it came some reflective words: '2016 was indeed a pretty rough year, but I wonder if it's the end – not the beginning – of a long decline… I think we underwent a mass disillusionment in 2016, and finally realised it's time to jump out of the saucepan.' If you're ready for some reflection, this might be the perfect soundtrack.

NEHH presents Girl Band

Thu 26 Jan, 8pm
Summerhall, Edinburgh

Girl Band are a four piece noise rock band from Dublin, Ireland. They are made up of Dara Kiely, Alan Duggan, Daniel Fox and Adam Faulkner.

The band formed in late 2011 and have since toured Europe and the United States extensively to wide critical acclaim.

Their live show is known for being loud, intense and energetic.

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Watch and Listen

An excellent new mixtape from Gorillaz guitarist Noodle showcases some of the best music from women exploring the outer realms, including Delia Derbyshire, Laurie Anderson, Abra, Anna Meredith and the mesmerising 'Kaval Sviri' from Le Mystere Des Voix Bulgares. It might be Damon Albarn in his pyjamas for all we know, but we don't care.

Also airing this week, Dan Deacon's 'Opal Toad Segment' is the sound of sending unplayable MIDI to an acoustic grand piano and manages to be both calming and crazy. It's taken from the I Said No Doctors! compilation of music made from non-conventional musical instruments from explorers of the outer realms, including Silver Apples, David Grubbs, Jad Fair and Oval.

Our next new favourite band are Lowly, a Danish ensemble who combine killer melodies, remarkably forthright drums and synth wash to create something new. 'Prepare the Lake' joins the previously-aired 'Deer Eyes'. We have high hopes.

Speaker Bump

Sat 4 Feb, 9pm–1am
Daylight Robbery, Dublin Street, Edinburgh

Banish any leftover January blues with some soul, house and disco goodness.

Join us for a drink and a dance in the intimate surroundings of Daylight Robbery's cool basement bar in Edinburgh's New Town – a short five minute walk from George Street.

Perfect party vibes or pre-club grooves.

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Gigs and Festivals

There's more to festivals than tents and wellies. Celtic Connections brings great artists to Glasgow, including the opening night concert with Laura Marling & BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Calexico, Suns of Arqa, C Duncan, RM Hubbert, Aberfeldy, Rachel Sermanni and Karine Polwart.

If you're thinking big, Coachella's' headliner trio of Radiohead, Beyoncé and Kendrick Lamar is pretty impressive. Primavera is also looking good. It always does.

As ever, you can find out the best gigs taking place near you at list.co.uk, featuring full listings for Bloc Party, The xx, Efterklang, Moon Duo, Austra, Factory Floor, Metronomy and Depeche Mode.

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