If you were born with ears and those ears have had the opportunity to hear Florence + The Machine’s glorious debut album Lungs, you probably immediately fell in love with everything about them and have been counting down the days until the follow-up LP would be released.
No one can accuse Florence Welch of hurrying things – after all, Lungs skyrocketed to popularity in 2009 and found massive international success. Most acts would be overly anxious to cash in on such popularity and a second album would follow within the next year. Not Flo – she has taken her time to tour, write and record her sophomore effort and if the above clip is anything to go by, we’re in for a real treat.
There is something to be said for her aesthetic – her vocals are absolutely phenomenal, seamlessly blending soul with an almost ethereal vulnerability while her lyrics are haunting and beautiful, the backing music heavy and passionate. I’m getting a bit flowery with my descriptions here but that’s just what she brings out of you.
‘What The Water Gave Me’ is our first glimpse into Flo’s second album and is totally what I’ve come to expect from her: larger-than-life (and full of it), beautiful and absolutely epic. I hate the use of that word colloquially but really, I think it applies here. Those layered vocals that come in around the three minute mark? Heavenly. And then it all explodes for another whole two minutes (in the best possible way). Sigh!
“It’s a song for the water…” Florence said of the track. “Because in music and art what I’m really interested in are the things that are overwhelming. The ocean seems to me to be nature’s great overwhelmer. When I was writing this song I was thinking a lot about all those people who’ve lost their lives in vain attempts to save their loved ones from drowning. It’s about water in all forms and all bodies. It’s about a lot of things; Virginia Woolf creeps into it, and of course Frieda Kahlo, whose painfully beautiful painting gave me the title.”
Rumour has it that you may be able to pre-order the Paul Epworth-produced record (which remains untitled) tomorrow, several months ahead of its 7 November release date. I have my credit card at the ready.
And when she tours? Go see her live. I have several times and they were all near spiritual experiences.