Third album 'How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful' will be released in June
Florence And The Machine have confirmed details of new album ‘How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful’. Scroll down to hear new song ‘What Kind Of Man’ now.
‘How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful’ is the third album from Florence + The Machine and follows 2009 debut ‘Lungs’ and its follow up ‘Ceremonials’ which arrived two years later. Produced by Markus Dravs (Björk, Arcade Fire, Coldplay), the new album also includes contributions from Paul Epworth, Kid Harpoon and John Hill and will be released on June 1.
“Markus has done a few Arcade Fire albums,” Florence says, “and he’s done Björk’s ‘Homogenic’, which is a huge record for me. 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 in a statement. “‘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 ‘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’
Florence + The Machine are due to play a number of European festivals this summer including Way Out West in Sweden, Super Bock Super Rock in Portugal, Benicàssim in Spain, Oya in Norway, Flow Festival in Finland, Rock Werchter in Belgium and Hurricane and South Side festivals in Germany.
They are also rumoured to be performing at Glastonbury and are favourites to headline alongside Foo Fighters and AC/DC. Bookmakers Paddy Power have cut their odds on Foo Fighters playing Worthy Farm to 5/4 following comments made by Dave Grohl and festival organiser Emily Eavis in 2014.
Meanwhile, AC/DC have odds of 6/1 and Florence + the Machine are tipped to headline the festival for the first time with odds of 8/1.