Florence talks about her new album and her lack of tweeting.
In a cover story for Nylon Magazine, Florence Welch revealed a few details describing what listeners can expect from Florence And The Machine’s upcoming album. Steadily working on the follow-up to 2009’s “Lungs”, the vocalist stated she’s been away working on new material with producer Paul Epsworth (Adele, Kate Nash).
"A lot of the songs on the new album are about imaginary things, things that you can’t touch - ghosts and rumors, my dead grandmother, things visiting you in a dream," said Welch. "It’s almost like I am taking the Oscars and all those amazing events and turning them into something that brings you back to your reality."
"It still feels like I’m very much drawn to dark metaphors in the new songs," she said. "It always feels like as if with each song you write, you’re trying to understand something about yourself: Why am I this way? What’s wrong with me? It feels as if there’s still a lot of questioning left to do."
Producer Paul Epsworth also commented on the work he’s been doing with the frontwoman, declaring that the last four tracks on the new album are some of his "best work ever". Epsworth also stated the music was "bombastic", comparing it to Animal Collective, Kate Bush and “Tim Burton-esque romantic stories”.
A release date has yet to be determined for Florence And The Machine’s second LP and partially due to the fact Welch has somewhat abandoned Twitter. The singer spoke out about her lack of tweeting stating it was due to the fact she would rather be "enjoying the moment" than sharing what’s going on in her life.
"I think a lot of people miss out on enjoying the moment because they are so busy trying to communicate it to the world," said Welch. "And I want to keep some moments to myself."
“Where’s my heart at? Aw. Um, in my chest. I think it’s in there—on the right hand side. Sometimes it’s in my mouth and sometimes I can feel it in my stomach, when I get really nervous. So it’s pretty physical.”—Florence Welch
Florence's most recent blog post talking about her experience performing at the MET Ball.
Temples, McQueen And New York Dreams
Mon 16 May, 2011
I haven’t written one of these in a while; sorry for neglecting you. I do hope this finds you all just splendid.
I’m back in Blighty now; the birds are singing, the summer’s nearly here, I miss you all and hope to see you soon.
We’ve started recording the new record, excitingly, at the famous Abbey Road Studios. Haven’t quite managed to get our pictures taken on that legendary zebra crossing yet, but we do spend a lot of time looking over at other people’s attempts. Lying down in the middle of it seems to be popular, weirdly. Bit dangerous if you ask me.
The other week I had the enormous privilege and honour of being asked to perform at the Met Ball in New York, in celebration of the incredible new Alexander McQueen retrospective ‘Savage Beauty.’It was such an amazing night in honour of an amazing and dazzlingly talented man. It’s impossible to describe just how beautiful and terrifying and genuinely moving the exhibition is: I implore you to go and see it if you can. The depths of McQueen’s creativity and imagination are just astounding.
Performing right in front of the magnificent Temple of Dendur was just incredible. The best stage set you could ever ask for, though I don’t think The Metropolitan Museum will be letting me borrow it any time soon. It’s from 15 BC so I guess it’s like, priceless, pretty much.
Also - DREAM OF DREAMS - I got to work with the fabulous Baz Lurhmann; one of my favourite directors of all time. In Baz I think I may have finally met my maximalist partner in crime. It was so fun putting the Met Ball show together with him; there were moons, choirs, fires, temples, mystery lute players. It was like ‘Indiana Jones; The Musical.’ Only with David Bowie in drag playing Indiana.
It’s so lovely being back in London. I love this town, and I love you all.
See you out there somewhere. Will write again soon!