Florence And The Machine's Florence Welch: 'I've written a whole album in my head'

'I've been thinking about it a lot,' says singer of 'Ceremonials' follow-up

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Florence And The Machine's Florence Welch has revealed that she has begun thinking about her next record, claiming she has "written a whole album in my head".

Last week (August 25), the singer hinted that she would be taking a year off from music as she wanted to take a 12-month hiatus before she started work on the follow-up to her last studio LP, last October's 'Ceremonials'.

Talking to Spinner, however, Welch admitted that she hadn't stopped plotting ideas for the next time she enters the studio. Speaking of her vision for the record, she said:
I've been thinking about it a lot. I think I've written a whole album in my head.

Welch – who said she found touring difficult as it "takes over everything" and means that "nothing gets dealt with in your real life" – also discussed the differences between 'Ceremonials' and her 2009 debut LP, 'Lungs'. "I think the first record was desperate for something and clawing for things," she said. "'Ceremonials' was clawing internally, more towards myself than longing for someone. It was more of a battle inside as opposed to attacking something outside."

In July, Florence And The Machine grabbed their first ever UK Number One single with the track 'Spectrum'. Last week (August 28), meanwhile, her collaboration with Calvin Harris, titled 'Sweet Nothing', was unveiled – click below to listen. The track will feature on the Scottish DJ's third album '18 Months', with other guest stars set to include Rihanna, Ellie Goulding, Dizzee Rascal and Tinie Tempah.

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