FLORENCE and the MACHINE – ” Heaven Is Here “

Posted: March 8, 2022 in MUSIC

Florence + The Machine recently returned with the first track off the upcoming album “King,” her first new single of the year, and now she’s followed it with another, the intense, percussive “Heaven is Here.” “‘Heaven is Here’ was the first song I wrote in lockdown after an extended period of not being able to get to the studio,” Florence says. “I wanted to make something monstrous. And this clamour of joy, fury and grief was the first thing that came out. With dance studios also shut it was my dream to one day create choreography with it. So it’s one of the first pieces of music I have made specifically with contemporary dance in mind.”

Florence + The Machine have announced the new album “Dance Fever“. It’s due out May 13th, and as a preview the band has shared their latest single, “My Love.”

Dance Fever” is the follow-up to 2018’s “High as Hope“, and it was described by Florence Welch as “a fairytale in 14 songs.”  Welch produced alongside Jack Antonoff and Dave Bayley of Glass Animals, and a press statement said the album was inspired by choreomania, “a Renaissance phenomenon in which groups of people — sometimes thousands — danced wildly to the point of exhaustion, collapse and death.” Combine that mood with Welch’s typically glorious take on baroque pop, and you land on a tone she called “Nick Cave at the club.”

“My Love” is the album’s third single, following “Heaven Is Here” and “King,”. It comes with a music video directed by Autumn de Wilde, and you can check it out below.

Two of the dancers in this video are currently sheltering, to my brave and beautiful sisters Marine and Nastia I love you I wish I could put my arms around you. Strength.

It’s the album that brings back the very best of Florence Welch – the festival headlining boudicca, wielding anthems like a flaming sword. just before the pandemic Florence had become fascinated by choreomania, a renaissance phenomenon in which groups of people – sometimes thousands – danced wildly to the point of exhaustion, collapse and death. the imagery resonated with Florence, who had been touring non-stop for more than a decade, and in lockdown felt oddly prescient. the image and concept of dance, and choreomania, remained central as florence wove her own experiences of dance – a discipline she turned to in the early days of sobriety – with the folkloric elements of a moral panic from the middle ages.

in recent times of torpor and confinement, dance offered propulsion, energy and a way of looking at music more choreographically. starting, as ever, armed with a notebook of poems and ideas, Florence had just arrived in New York in march 2020 to begin recording the record with Jack Antonoff when covid-19 forced a retreat to London. holed up at home, the songs began to transform, with nods to dance, folk, ‘70s iggy pop, longing-for-the-road folk tracks and more.

once back in london, ‘My Love’ was one particular track that shapeshifted from one entity to another with the help of Dave Bayley from Glass Animals. Welch had written the song in her kitchen as a “sad little poem”, and when she recorded it acoustically it just didn’t seem to work. Bayley suggested using synths and it soon expanded with floor-filling, chest-thumping energy. with Dave’s love of synths and Florence’s fascination with all things gothic and creepy a kind of sound started to emerge to shape the record. lyrically, she took inspiration from the tragic heroines of pre-raphaelite art, the gothic fiction of carmen Maria Machado and Julia Armfield, the visceral wave of folk horror film from the wicker man and the itch to midsommar.

Florence + The Machine (aka Florence Welch and backing band) shared a video for her new song “Free,” which stars British actor Bill Nighy as a representation of her anxiety. Autumn de Wilde directed the video, which was filmed in Ukraine before the Russian invasion.

Dance Fever” is an album that sees Florence Welch at the peak of her powers, coming into a fully realised self-knowledge, poking sly fun at her own self-created persona, playing with ideas of identity, masculine and feminine, redemptive, celebratory, stepping fully into her place in the iconic pantheon.

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