Florence + The Machine premiere new track ‘Delilah’ – listen

Song to feature on the band's forthcoming album 'How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful'

Florence + The Machine have this evening (May 19) unveiled new song ‘Delilah’ on Annie Mac’s BBC Radio 1 show. The track was almost immediately posted to Vevo after its premiere and you can click above to listen.

The up-tempo number will feature on Florence’s forthcoming album ‘How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful’. Produced by Markus Dravs (Björk, Arcade Fire, Coldplay), the new LP also includes contributions from Paul Epworth, Kid Harpoon and John Hill, and will be released on June 1. It’s the group’s third album and follows 2009 debut ‘Lungs’ and the follow-up ‘Ceremonials’, which arrived two years later.

“Markus has done a few Arcade Fire albums and he’s done Björk’s ‘Homogenic’, which is a huge record for me,” singer Florence Welch said upon the record’s announcement in February. “And 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.”

Describing her life after finishing promoting ‘Ceremonials’ as a “crash landing” Welch says that her third album is about “trying to learn how to live”.

“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,” she said. “‘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.”

In a recent interview with Billboard, Welch again spoke about the band’s new material, describing ‘How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful’ as coming from a period in which she was “fucking everything up”.

“Without the structure of touring, you have to face your own chaos. I was playing gigs non-stop since I was 21. When I was left to my own devices, I realised I was fucking everything up,” she said. “I was in and out of a relationship, in and out of drinking too much. It was like constantly picking yourself up and then dropping yourself, picking yourself up and dropping yourself. And that was exhausting.”

Welch continued, “[The album is] definitely not about trying to be vindictive. It’s about being honest. This could’ve been a break-up record [referring to Welch’s off-and-on relationship with events organiser James Nesbitt]. But it was much more about trying to understand myself.” She explained, “I was in this purgatory with this man. That push and pull thing where you are just stuck and you’re like, ‘Why do we keep doing this to each other?'”

‘How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful’ will also feature previous released songs ‘What Kind of Man’, ‘St Jude’ and ‘Ship To Wreck’. Florence And The Machine were recently confirmed for this year’s Glastonbury Festival, which runs from June 24-28 at its traditional home of Worthy Farm, Somerset.

The ‘How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful’ tracklisting is as follows:

‘Ship To Wreck’
‘What Kind Of Man’
‘How Big How Blue How Beautiful’
‘Queen Of Peace’
‘Various Storms & Saints’
‘Delilah’
‘Long & Lost’
‘Caught’
‘Third Eye’
‘St Jude’
‘Mother’