Saturday 16 December 2017

Florence Welch talks new album

Florence + The Machine has promised
Florence + The Machine has promised "big sounds" for new album How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful

Florence + The Machine has promised "big sounds" for new album How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful.

Florence Welch revealed details of her third album, which will be released on June 1, to NME, including who she has been working with.

The follow-up to her 2011 effort Ceremonials, the new record is being produced by Markus Dravs, who has worked with Bjork, Arcade Fire and Coldplay, and includes contributions from Paul Epworth, Kid Harpoon and John Hill.

Florence said: "Markus has done a few Arcade Fire albums and he's done Bjork's Homogenic, which is a huge record for me. And I felt he had that balance of organic and electronic capabilities, managing those two worlds. And, you know, he's good with big sounds. And I like big sounds. And he's good with trumpets, and I knew I wanted a brass section on this record."

The 28-year-old singer described life after promoting her last album as a "crash landing" and said this new record is about "trying to learn how to live".

"I guess although I've always dealt in fantasy and metaphor when I came to writing, that meant the songs this time were dealing much more in reality.

"Ceremonials was so fixated on death and water, and the idea of escape or transcendence through death, but the new album became about trying to learn how to live, and how to love in the world rather than trying to escape from it. Which is frightening because I'm not hiding behind anything, but it felt like something I had to do."

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