News - February 13, 2015

Florence and the Machine debut new single 'What Kind Of Man' and confirm full details of new LP How Big How Blue How Beautiful
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Florence and the Machine debut new single 'What Kind Of Man' and confirm full details of new LP How Big How Blue How Beautiful

Florence and the Machine have debuted their new single 'What Kind Of Man' and announced full details of their new album How Big How Blue How Beautiful. 

The album is the follow-up to Welch's 2011 second album Ceremonials (which you can preview on the right-hand side of the page) and will be released on June 1st. 

How Big How Blue How Beautiful has been produced by Markus Dravs, best known for his work with Björk, Arcade Fire and Coldplay, and also includes contributions from Paul Epworth, Kid Harpoon and John Hill. 'What Kind Of Man' is the album's first single and is the album's second track. 

Speaking about working with Dravs, Welch said: "Markus has done a few Arcade Fire albums and he's done Björk's Homogenic, which is a huge record for me. I felt he had that balance of organic and electronic capabilities, managing those two worlds. And, you know, 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."

Welch also said that she wanted to return to putting live instruments first on this album, adding: "I wanted to make something that was big but that had a gentleness to it. That had a warmth, that was rooted. I think that's why we went back more to the live instruments. Something that was band-led almost."

The singer also spoke about the album's lyrics, adding this new album sees her "trying to live" in her lyrics. 

She said: "I guess although I've always dealt in fantasy and metaphor when I came to writing, that meant the songs this time were dealing much more in reality. 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."

The full tracklisting for How Big How Blue How Beautiful is as follows:

'Ship To Wreck'
'What Kind Of Man'
'How Big How Blue How Beautiful'
'Queen Of Peace'
'Various Storms & Saints'
'Long & Lost'
'Third Eye'
'St Jude'

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