From watching a girl’s eye “wither and die” to “falling” into an impossible love, the dark, radical and romantic British band Florence and The Machine will take you on a strange and mysterious, yet wonderful indie-rock journey.I am a fan of Florence and The Machine, who with their crazy lyrics and unpredictable sounds can make me dance around my room without a care or assist me in the background as I work. Their songs, written by Florence Welch, vary between feelings of immense, soul wrenching love that Never Lets You Go, playful love that Kisses With A Fist and darker but empowering Shake It Out memories.
Their beat is haunting and erotic, combining contradicting sounds like harps, stamping, sighing, drums, fireworks, elevator shafts and string quartets. Consisting of Robert Ackroyd, Mark Saunders, Tom Monger, Isabella Summers, Rusty Bradshaw, Christopher Lloyd Hayden and Sam White, The Machine is a talented seven-piece band who move within the rhythm of Florence but also create rhythm for her knotted words.
Her words hide behind the mask of the music but when listened to, they become alive with a truth that everyone has felt at some point. “I want to touch people. Not in a weird way. I just want to help them feel what I’m feeling,” reveals Florence.
“It’s something overwhelming and all-encompassing that fills you, and you’re either going to explode with it, or you’re just going to disappear.”
Florence’s lyrics give way to a unique sound similar to Tom Waits‘s dark words. They have the same strong, repetitive beat as singer Kate Bush, combined with the same type of smooth voice that floats up and down on a wave of sound.
“Lungs“, their first album, was released in 2009 and was produced by four different producers including Paul Epworth, James Ford, Stephen Mackey and Charlie Hugall. Their second album, “Ceremonials“, was released in 2011. Entertainment Weekly’s Joseph Brannigan states that the “immaculately constructed indie-pop recalls Regina Spektor, but without the studied artiness; Welch is more concerned with raw emotional release.”
Florence and The Machine inspire emotions that will encourage anger, instill peace and create energy. Florence says:
“I want my music to sound like throwing yourself out of a tree, or off a building, or as if you’re being sucked down into the ocean and you can’t breathe.”
Give them a listen get caught up in their web of sound.