Ellie Goulding is proof that slow and steady still can win the race.
The U.K. sensation has continued her (slow) break into American consciousness with her 2010 debut, “Lights.” Just as the title track is enjoying a steady climb up the U.S. Hot 100 -- it's currently peaking at No. 4 after spending 31 weeks on the chart -- the import is ready to issue her sophomore disc.
Goulding has announced that she will follow up “Lights” with “Halcyon,” on Oct. 9.
"This album for me is a journey from dark into light, from confusion to understanding,” Goulding said in a statement. “I didn't set out to write a breakup record, but I think it became one."
“Halcyon” was entirely written and co-produced by Goulding, who recorded most of the album in a converted barn in her hometown in Hay Valley, England, with producer Jim Elliot. The disc’s first single, “Anything Could Happen,” will be released Aug. 21.