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The band’s previous music has always been opulent, anthemic quality but that is missing from their new track. “Big God” it is sparser, but gorgeously so. If Florence Welch’s ethereal vocals made her sound like a goddess on previous tracks, she’s a distinctly grounded one on “Big God” as she sings of messages left on read and a lopsided relationship. “Is it just part of the process? / Jesus Christ, it hurts,” she asks, and the small wounds feel all too real.

Florence Welch has opened up in a personal interview to The Guardian about why she has given up alcohol after a period of non-stop partying and also about the impact of her Grandmother taking her own life.

Welch is due to release her fourth album High As Hope with Florence + The Machine this Friday and has revealed she drank because she “didn’t know how to come down from touring” as well as heavy drinking before performances to combat her “shyness“.

“That’s when the drinking and the partying exploded, as a way to hide from it,” She added: “I was drunk a lot of the time, on extra dirty Martinis – my way of drinking three shots at once. I was never interested in a nice glass of wine.”

She also spoke of how she ‘rarely slept’ in the early years  with Florence + The Machine and how she would often end up going on ‘two day parties’ and waking up in weird locations wearing other peoples’ clothes.

“The partying was about me not wanting to deal with the fact my life had changed, not wanting to come down” the 31-year-old said. She added: “It always felt like something had picked me up and thrown me around various rooms and houses, then gone ‘boom!’ It happened every time, and every time it was shocking.”

She continued: “When I realised I could perform without the booze it was a revelation. There’s discomfort and rage, and the moment when they meet is when you break open. You’re free.”

The Londoner also opened up about her Grandmother’s tragic suicide and how this has changed her outlook on life. She said: “My mother’s mother committed suicide. And the way she was loved by her mother has related to the way she loves us, which then is the way we love others.”

Before adding: “My grandmother fell, so sometimes I feel like we’re all still in this loop, falling with her. The trickle-down of tragedies.”

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Florence Welch’s more operatic tendencies remain unchecked on “Sky Full Of Song” and “Hunger,” the lead singles off of High As Hope, Welch’s new album with the rotating cast of musicians who make up Florence + The Machine. She may have outgrown the “girl and her keyboard” act a long time ago, but her drive to create earnest, theatrical mini-epics remains as strong as ever. And thank goodness for that: Trying to contain a voice as powerful as Welch’s, rich with vibrato and confessional momentum, would be like clipping the wings of a golden eagle.

High as Hope was written, mixed and co-produced by Florence Welch, marking her first time co-producing a Florence + The Machine album. The majority of the record was recording in solitude, as Welch rode a bike to her South London studio to record daily. She finished the songs in Los Angeles with her friend and co-producer Emile Haynie, and also brought in some big-name collaborators. The record features appearances from Kamasi Washington, Sampha, Tobias Jesso Jr., Kelsey Lu andJamie xx. Welch mixed the record in New York, where the city’s towering skyline gave the album its title.

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On Tuesday, 15-year-old Brynn Cartelli was named the youngest-ever winner of NBC’s The Voice, but the real winners of the night may have been the musical guest performers. Florence + The Machine played on the live season 14 finale on Tuesday night, treating the celebrity judges, contestants and viewers to two stellar performances.

Florence Welch and co. granted audiences a performance of their newest track, “Hunger,” which debuted earlier this month. A backdrop of long white drapes whipped like sails as Welch delivered her usual high-energy spectacle, circling the entire stage multiple times. Florence + The Machine’s newest album High As Hope is out June 29th.

Florence + the Machine perform “Hunger” during The Voice live finale.