hmv.com presents… Albums Of 2015: #4 Florence + The Machine
Every day during January we’re going to be previewing the albums that are going to be hitting the shelves in 2015. Most will definitely come out, some probably will, and some we really hope finally come out (we’re looking at you Adele…). We continue today with big-lunged, flame-haired siren Florence Welch, will she and her machine be releasing their third album in 2015?
A little background…
After a relentless 18-month tour in support of her second album Ceremonials (which you can preview on the right of the page), Florence Welch and her gang of musicians have been enjoying some well earned rest. They had a very quiet 2014, only stepping out to headline Warsaw’s Orange Festival in June, play a tiny gig in London at One Mayfair and a pair of shows for Neil Young’s annual Bridge School Benefit. They debuted no material at any of the shows, but speaking at the time, Welch did promise that they were hard at work on new songs, but that they simply weren’t ready yet.
Since then it’s been radio silence, Welch isn’t prolific on social media, so we’ve not had any studio selfies or blogs, but, in the last few weeks, there have been a steady stream of gig announcements, leaving us to believe that a new album will be with us in 2015.
What It's Called?
No idea. So far she’s had records titled Lungs and Ceremonials, so let’s see if she feels like stretching to two words this time (Steady on…).
What Will It Sound Like?
Things have got grander and grander, with Welch’s most recent releases 2012’s single ‘Breath Of Life’, which led the soundtrack to Snow White and the Huntsman, and ‘Over The Love’, her contribution to The Great Gatsby soundtrack, both meshed baroque pop with pomp, eccentricity and bombast.
Course she might have had enough of all of that and made a punk album, but we doubt that…
Who's Producing It? Are There Any Big-Name Guests?
We know almost nothing, except for the fact that rising star MNEK has spent some time in the studio with Welch. This could be a project for him, or for her, who knows?
Last time out Paul Epworth produced the whole of Ceremonials, but we know he’s worked with Lorde, The Pop Group, U2 and possibly Adele this year, so who knows if he has had time to fit Welch and co in?
Will It Really Come Out This Year? And When?
There’s no release date, no hints of a single and not many studio leaks. Fact is though Welch and the gang are already booked to play seven European festivals next summer. That’s too many if you’re just roadtesting new material, too many to just keep your hand in, and too many to be tempted out for a one-off show, that’s an album campaign. So yeah, probably, is the answer, we’d guess we’re looking at late Spring.