Out in June, their third album is ‘about trying to learn how live, and how to love in the world rather than trying to escape from it’
Florence and the Machine will release their third album, How Big How Blue How Beautiful, on 1 June. According to the musician, the follow-up to 2011’s Ceremonials comes off the back of a period of unrelenting tour dates, and a subsequent few years reacquainting herself with reality.
How Big How Blue How Beautiful was written and recorded over the course of 2014. With arrangements by Will Gregory of Goldfrapp, it was produced by Markus Dravs (Björk, Arcade Fire, Coldplay) and includes contributions from regular Machine collaborators Paul Epworth, Isa Summers, Kid Harpoon as well as John Hill.
“I felt he had that balance of organic and electronic capabilities, managing those two worlds,” Florence Welch says of Dravs. “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.”
While previous albums revelled in gothic themes like death, this time, she says, she concentrates on celebrating life. “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.”
On 10 February, the musician published a trailer to the album, featuring a snippet of its title track. “The trumpets at the end of that song – that’s what love feels like to me,” she says. “An endless brass section that goes off into space. And it takes you with it. You’re so up there. And that’s what music feels like to me. You want it just to pour out endlessly, and it’s the most amazing feeling.”
Florence and the Machine’s debut album Lungs was released in 2009, winning the best British album award at the 2010 Brit awards as well as a nomination for best new artist at the 53rd Grammy awards.
The lead single taken from her third album is What Kind of Man, which you can hear below.
Ship to Wreck
What Kind of Man
How Big How Blue How Beautiful
Queen of Peace
Various Storms & Saints
Long & Lost
This article was written by Harriet Gibsone, for theguardian.com on Thursday 12th February 2015 20.30 Europe/Londonguardian.co.uk © Guardian News and Media Limited 2010