21 May 2022

Last week FLORENCE + THE MACHINE launched new album DANCE FEVER.

And since yesterday a deluxe edition of the longplayer has been available.
It includes acoustic versions of 4 songs from the album and one cover.

The cover is Florence Welch‘s version of The Stooges
1973 blast Search And Destroy (from the Raw Power LP).

Welch: “I was thinking about Nick Cave, I was thinking about Leonard Cohen. I was thinking about how, in some ways, although everyone undergoes huge changes, their physical bodies – especially moving through touring – have been allowed to remain unchanged and they can commit their body entirely to the stag. In the singing, I’m trying to still embody them. In the lower baritones, I’m trying to do a Leonard or a Nick or an Iggy Pop.”

Florence sounds a bit like Siouxsie Sioux here and searches not to destroy
this Stooges punk classic. Instead, she turns it into a Machine belter.

Nice one,

The raw Stooge power original


FLORENCE + MACHINE Back On The Scene With New Epic Gem ‘KING’

New striking strokes

24 February 2022

Who: Musical project of Florence
(age: 35) from London
Active: Since 2006 – 4 longplayers

New single: KING

Welch: “As an artist, I never actually thought about my gender that much.
I just got on with it. I was as good as the men and I just went out there and
matched them every time. But now, thinking about being a woman in my
30s and the future… I suddenly feel this tearing of my identity and my desires.

That to be a performer, but also to want a family might not be as simple for me
as it is for my male counterparts. I had modeled myself almost exclusively on male
performers, and for the first time I felt a wall come down between me and my idols
as I have to make decisions they did not.”

King is a towering accomplishment. An epic gem
with Florence‘s vocal tenseness going sky-high.

Listen/watch here


FLORENCE + THE MACHINE Reveal Unreleased Beauty ‘LIGHT OF LOVE’…

New sonic impulses

17 April 2020

FLORENCE + THE MACHINE revealed previously unreleased track ‘LIGHT OF LOVE‘.
A spirited beauty from the sessions of her 2018 longplayer High As Hope.

Florence wrote on her Instagram account “It never made it to the record, but I thought I would release it at midnight tonight, as a little token of my love, and to raise awareness
for the Intensive Care Society, which provides care and support for the incredible doctors, nurses, and healthcare professionals on the front line of this crisis. I will be donating all
of my income from this song to the Intensive Care Society. I love and miss you all so much.
With you in spirit from South London lockdown.”

Here’s the audio clip…