While everyone’s preparing to ring in the new year, late December tends to be a slow time for new music. Holiday songs are often released earlier in the month but as the calendar ticks closer to the 31st, new albums are a rare find. But that doesn’t mean they don’t happen, and this Friday, December 29, synth-pop artist Francis and the Lights gave us all a year-end treat with the surprise release of a new album, Just for Us.

It would be tempting, though perhaps not entirely correct, to call Francis and the Lights a solo project; the endeavor is lead by Francis Farewell Starlite, who said on Twitter,  “There are no “members” of Francis and the Lights. It is me and whomever else is involved. Including you.” Just for Us comes as the follow-up to the 2016 debut full-length album Farewell, Starlite! though there were four Francis and the Lights EPs released prior (Striking in 2007, A Modern Promise in 2008, It’ll Be Better in 2010, and Like a Dream in 2013).

What are your thoughts on Just for Us? Let us know in the comments below or stay in touch with Substream on Twitter. Francis and the Lights have not announced any touring plans for 2018, though we’ll be sure to let you know when they do; after performances at festivals like Bonnaroo, Firefly Music Festival, and Governor’s Ball in 2017, we wouldn’t be surprised if the next year has even better things in store.