Florence Welch says new album is ‘not a break-up record’ but ‘about trying to understand myself’

Florence And The Machine's new album will be released in June

Florence And The Machine‘s Florence Welch has discussed her “honest” third album in a new interview.

Singer Welch releases her forthcoming LP, titled ‘How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful’, on June 1. It follows 2009 debut ‘Lungs’ and 2011 follow-up ‘Ceremonials’. Produced by Marcus Dravs (Björk, Arcade Fire, Coldplay), the album also includes contributions from Paul Epworth, Kid Harpoon and John Hill.

Speaking to Billboard, Welch described the record 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,” Welch is quoted as saying. “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?'”

Welch revealed that Taylor Swift offered her advice while she was writing the album, telling her that “you must sing about what’s happening in your life”.

Elsewhere in the interview, Welch revealed how she recently cut back on heavy drinking after turning to alcohol to help combat stage fright. “I used to drink before every performance,” she told Billboard. “I’m quite shy, really – that’s probably why I used to drink a lot. But I don’t any more.”

During her Coachella first weekend performance in April, Welch suffered a broken foot after leaping from the stage. However, she confirmed to Billboard that she “wasn’t even drunk” at the time.

Welch also described her recent stripped-back performances, which have seen the singer performing while sat on a stool. “I don’t know why the foot break happened, but it forced me in a way to slow down and have the same person who wrote this record to show up and sing those songs,” she said.

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. In the Billboard interview, the singer spoke of her excitement to perform. “I remember being 20 at the Glastonbury festival. I remember looking at the Pyramid Stage and thinking, ‘I wish I could perform there just one time,'” she said of the very stage she’ll be gracing at Glastonbury this year. “It’s hard to imagine that you think about something you’d like to have happen in your life and it happens,” she added. “For a pessimistic British person that’s very hard to deal with.”

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’
‘Long & Lost’
‘Third Eye’
‘St Jude’