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High as Hope by Florence and the Machine

I am currently listening to Florence and the Machine’s fourth studio album High as Hope which was released 29 June 2018. Florence and the Machine are Fronted by Florence Welch. Their roots go back to 2006 when Florence Welch began performing with Isabelle Summers in small London venues under the joint name Florence Robot/Isa Machine. In 2007 Welch recorded with a band named Ashok, who released an album titled Plans. This album included the earliest version of her later hit “Kiss with a Fist”, which at this point was titled “Happy Slap”. Florence and the Machine subsequently acquired Mairead Nash (one half of the DJ duo Queens of Noize), as a manager After an inebriated Welch followed Nash into the toilets at a club and sang Etta James’ 1962 song “Something’s Got a Hold on Me”.

Florence and the Machine released their debut album Lungs in the United Kingdom in 2009. Florence Welch also contributed vocals to David Byrne and Fatboy Slim’s 2010 album Here Lies Love, an album about Imelda Marcos. In 2011 Welch collaborated with Drake on his album and Florence and the machine also released their second album, Ceremonials. In 2012 Florence and the Machine were nominated for two Brit Awards, Florence and the Machine also released “Breath of Life”, from the film Snow White and the Huntsman. In 2012, a remix of “Spectrum (Say My Name)” from Ceremonials by Scottish singer songwriter, musician Calvin Harris became a UK number-one hit. She later featured on Calvin Harris’s song “Sweet Nothing”, from Harris’s third studio album 18 Months.

Florence has been compared to other female singers such as Kate Bush, Siouxsie Sioux, PJ Harvey, and Björk. During an interview, Welch cited Grace Slick as her influence and “hero”. Florence and the Machine’s style has been described as “dark, robust and romantic”. Their music is a mix of “classic soul and midnight-on-the-moors English art rock”. Florence Welch stated that her lyrics related to Renaissance artists : “We’re dealing with all of the same things they did : love and death, time and pain, heaven and hell”.

Florence and the Machine’s third album How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful was released in 2014. It received positive reviews from music critics, who commended the album for its cohesion, production and Welch’s vocal delivery and appeared on numerous year-end critics’ lists in late 2015. The album debuted at number one IN the UK becoming the band’s third consecutive number-one album, and topped the charts in several other markets. Four singles were released from the album—”What Kind of Man”, “Ship to Wreck”, “Queen of Peace” and “Delilah”. How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful has earned the band five Grammy Award nominations, in addition to being shortlisted for the 2015 Mercury Prize.

Florence and the Machine’s fourth studio album of High as Hope was released 29 June 2018 It was preceded by the singles “Sky Full of Song”, “Hunger” and “Big God”. Here is the track listing June, Hunger, South London forever, Big God, Sky full of Song, Grace, Patricia, 100 years. The End of Love and No Choir.

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