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Florence and the Machine pay tribute to Fleetwood Mac, a crucial influence for her with a stripped-down cover of “Silver Springs” that was recorded during a special radio session for The Spectrum at the SiriusXM Studios.

Singer Florence Welch commands the track with her fluttering vibrato, occasionally adopting a light twang as she channels Stevie Nicks. The arrangement opens with subtle piano and acoustic guitar, building with layered backing vocals and a faint tambourine.

Welch spoke about Nicks as a creative inspiration “I’m pretty obsessed with Stevie Nicks, from her style to her voice,” she said. “I like watching her on YouTube and her old performances, the way she moves and everything.”

Florence Welch is in a totally new headspace for new album High as Hope, the follow up to Florence + The Machine‘s chart-topping How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful.

During the SiriusXM session, Florence and the Machine also performed three original tracks: 2009’s “Cosmic Love” and recent singles “Hunger” and “Sky Full of Song,” both from the band’s fourth studio album, High as Hope. 

Speaking to Jenny Eliscu ahead of her exclusive SiriusXM performance, Welch acknowledged that her life and the way she views the world has changed since her last record. This led to her single Hunger becoming a celebratory song about the human condition rather than something dark and dramatic. Along the way, she also learned that freedom can come from being disciplined and isn’t just a “let loose, smash everything to bits kind of thing.”

Florence + The Machine performs “Hunger” at SiriusXM Studios in New York City.

Elsewhere in the interview, she discussed the origins of the album title High as Hope, saying that it came out of a poem she wrote about New York, and she also clarified why her recent breakup wasn’t a focal point of the album.

“I didn’t feel like people needed to hear that any more, and I think, at that point, there were bigger heartbreaks going on than my own heartbreak,” she told Eliscu. “It somehow didn’t feel like that interesting to me. And maybe ‘How Big, How Blue’ had covered every nook and cranny of heartbreak that you possibly could. And also, I guess, in the journey that I had in the last couple of years, I understood that it wasn’t really about the other person, you know?”

Florence and the Machine, opened for the Rolling Stones in April,

Florence and the Machine released a sweeping, string-laden ballad, “Sky Full of Song,” last week . The track will be available on April 21st, Record Store Day, as part of a 7″ single. It’s the first new track from Florence Welch’s band since 2016.

“Sky Full of Song” centers on Welch’s robust vocals. She sings almost a capella; when strings and piano enter, it’s with a soft throb so as not to detract from her vocals. Welch’s aggression and complex desires fill a space. “I was screaming at my father, and you were screaming at me/ I can feel your anger from way across the sea,” she sings. Then, on the bridge, she’s swallowed by ambivalence: “I thought that I was flying/ But maybe I’m dying tonight.”

In a statement, Welch said “Sky Full of Song” came to her “fully formed.” “Sometimes when you are performing you get so high, it’s hard to know how to come down,” she said. “There is this feeling of being cracked open, rushing endlessly outwards and upwards, and wanting somebody to hold you still, bring you back to yourself. It’s an incredible, celestial, but somehow lonely feeling.”

In the video for the song, directed by AG Rojas, Welch spends most of her time lying on the floor with her right hand outstretched. When not horizontal, she sits on her knees as if about to pray, singing as she gazes upwards.

Florence and the Machine’s last album, How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful, came out in 2015.

This past Friday, February 26th, the “Shake It Out” singer took to the stage Florence and the Machine performing Fleetwood Mac’s “Silver Springs” at St. John at Hackney church in London during a benefit for War Child a pitch-perfect. Florence recorded Live at St John at Hackney in London, on February 26th, 2016.

Florence + The Machine never ceases to amaze us with their stunning performances. Whether it’s originals or covers we’re always grateful to hear Florence Welch’s powerhouse vocals. This weekend we got an extra special performance in the form of a brand new cover from the band. They treated us to a stripped down version of the Stevie Nicks’ penned “Silver Springs” from Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours album.

To support War Child UK. The London based charity aids children that have been affected by war across the world. In conjunction with O2, the charity puts on small benefit concerts across London as part of their Passport to the BRITs events. Multiple British artists put on performances to raise money and awareness for this worthy cause, Also the event included Lianne La Havas, Bloc Party, and Above & Beyond.

The dog days are decidedly over in “Queen of Peace/Long & Lost,” the new double-feature video from London indie pop-rock megastars Florence and the Machine. The nearly 10 minute mini-movie is a gorgeous ode to the Scots countryside (director Vincent Haycock filmed it on the isle of Easdale), but its emotional frequency is less ode and more lament. Florence Welch, the band’s striking front woman, makes full use of her ethereal mythos in the video’s epic narrative, playing both victim and healer to a group hell-bent on violence and destruction.

Welch has the capacity for big, booming pop songs, and “Queen of Peace” does have a horn section set to 11, but her singing is remarkably reserved, only opening up in glimpses during the song’s emotional chorus. The high drama and striking visuals of the video at least match, if not surpass, both vocals and instrumentation in intensity.

The transition to the far quieter of the two singles, “Long & Lost,” is as melancholy and natural as the corresponding arrival of night in the video’s narrative. The final image of a mourning,  desolate on a silent dock, is telling as both an epic story’s resolution and as an abstract portrayal of Welch as an artist, digging deeper and reaching harder than she ever has in this strange and wondrous performance.

Florence Welch ramps up the melodrama in “Queen of Peace/Long & Lost,” a 10-minute short film paired to two tracks from her recent LP, How Big How Blue How Beautiful. the singer exploring weighty themes – loss of innocence, male brutality, familial struggle – against the wind-swept backdrop of Scottish isle Easdale.

In “Queen of Peace,” Welch and her younger self roam around the countryside, lamenting at the feet of violent men. “Suddenly I’m overcome, dissolving like the setting sun,” the singer belts on the surging chorus. “Like a boat into oblivion, ’cause you’re driving me away.” In “Long & Lost,” the clip’s brooding counterpart, the Welches drift on a river as a storm threatens the night sky. “Lost in the fog, these hollow hills,” she sings with her trademark flair. “Blood running hot, night chills / Without your love.”

“The end of the video was done in a single take, at the very last seconds of light during a stormy barge ride on a freezing sea,” Haycock says in a statement. “The effort and focus on both the actors and crew was so amazing. Florence delivers one of my favorite moments to date, and it’s one of my proudest technical and narrative accomplishments.”

Haycock has previously collaborated with Florence Welch on four videos from her recent LP, helming clips for “How Big How Blue How Beautiful,” “What Kind of Man,” “St. Jude” and “Ship to Wreck.”

Last month, Florence and the Machine were promoted to Friday night headliners at the Glastonbury Festival after a cancellation from Foo Fighters..

Taken from the album ‘How Big How Blue How Beautiful’ released 1.6.15, ‘Delilah’ starts out sounding like the moment before a piano-house song explodes into life, as Florence Welch sings in piercing falsetto: “Too fast for freedom, sometimes it all falls down”. But just when you expect a beat to kick in, it transforms into a bluesy rock anthem. In typical Florence style, there’s a lot to take in here, but her voice shines throughout, powerfully commanding the chaos surrounding her.


Florence and the Machine perform “Ship to Wreck” on “Later With Jools Holland”, 28th April 2015. HD quality and includes her mini interview about her broken foot with Jools. Series 46. Florence and the Machine were featured as music guests on UK late night program Later …with Jools Holland. Still recovering from a broken foot she endured during her opening weekend performance at Coachella, Florence Welch kept herself seated, but no less vocally elevated as she lead her band through a rendition of “What Kind of Man,” the lead siingle off her forthcoming new album How Big How Blue How Beautiful, due out June 2nd.

‘How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful’ is the third album from Florence + The Machine and follows 2009 debut ‘Lungs’ and its follow up ‘Ceremonials’ which arrived two years later. Produced by Markus Dravs (Björk, Arcade Fire, Coldplay), the new album also includes contributions from Paul Epworth, Kid Harpoon and John Hill and will be released on June 1st 2015.

“Markus has done a few Arcade Fire albums,” Florence says, “and he’s done Björk’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 l like big sounds. And he’s good with trumpets, and I knew I wanted a brass section on this record.”

Describing her life after finishing promoting ‘Ceremonials’ as a “crash landing” Welch says that her third album 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,” she said in a statement. “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 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.”


‘How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful’ tracklist:

‘Ship To Wreck’
‘What Kind Of Man’
‘How Big How Blue How Beautiful’
‘Queen Of Peace’
‘Various Storms & Saints’
‘Long & Lost’
‘Third Eye’
‘St Jude’

Florence + The Machine are due to play a number of European festivals this summer including Way Out West in Sweden, Super Bock Super Rock in Portugal, Benicàssim in Spain, Oya in Norway, Flow Festival in Finland, Rock Werchter in Belgium and Hurricane and South Side festivals in Germany.

They are also rumoured to be performing at Glastonbury and are favourites to headline alongside Foo Fighters and AC/DC.

Florence has unveiled ‘How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful…’, the first track to be lifted from her new album.

With the follow-up to 2011’s ‘Ceremonials’ due out this spring, Florence Welch’s return has arrived with a new clip directed by Tabitha Denholm and Vincent Haycock, which shows her in dual form, locking limbs with a twin. The track itself is almost purely instrumental, Florence Welch’s vocal only entering midway through, surrounded by bold, bellowing horn sections.

The artwork for Florence + the Machine’s new album appeared to be revealed on iTunes. A full album title and tracklist have yet to be confirmed, but Welch hosted a private, intimate gig for friends and family in Shoreditch last night 9th February.

Florence + The Machine played her first US show in nearly a year last night (26 October), as part of Neil Young’s Bridge School Benefit Concert. Florence and the Machine was an absolute revelation to many in the crowd, delivering arguably the best set of the day. But if some fans weren’t all familiar with the material, they couldn’t deny the voice — so big, so moving, so powerful. Band leader Florence Welch’s vocals were every bit as stunning as the red velvet suit she wore onstage.
The British singer, who has stayed relatively quiet in both the UK and the US over the past couple of years, confirmed earlier this year that she’s working on her third album. Her second, Ceremonials, was released back in 2011.

At Neil Young’s annual fundraising gig, which also included Pearl Jam, Soundgarden and Young himself amongst the line-up, the singer performed an acoustic set which drew from studio albums

Florence + The Machine played her first US show in nearly a year last night (26 October), as part of Neil Young’s Bridge School Benefit Concert. The British singer, who has stayed relatively quiet in both the UK and the US over the past couple of years, confirmed earlier this year that she’s working on her third album. Her second, Ceremonials, was released back in 2011.

At Neil Young’s annual fundraising gig, which also included Pearl Jam, Soundgarden and Young himself amongst the line-up, the singer performed an acoustic set which drew from both her studio albums,