New music from Florence + The Machine has been expected since a record executive let it slip that the powerful British singer would be back in 2018. And, anyone who’s been paying attention to music festival lineups knows that Florence Welch and her beloved project are playing a major roll in this year’s summer festivities, including headlining spots at Outside Lands and FYF Fest.
Well, the wait for new Florence + The Machine is over with the release of “Sky Full Of Song.” The track, which is presented as am A.G. Rojas-directed video, finds Florence opening with a warm melody that slowly is joined by a spare bass guitar, faint harmonies, and twinkling piano keys. The song never quite explodes as her biggest anthems do, but sits comfortably and confidently in the power of Welch’s voice.
Welch had this to say about the song:
“This was a song that just fell out of the sky fully formed. Sometimes when you are performing you get so high, it’s hard to know how to come down. 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.”
“Sky Full Of Song” will be released next week as a 7-inch for Record Store Day, backed by Welch reading a poem from her upcoming collection, Useless Magic