Florence Welch, an art-school dropout from South London, first gained fame at home with two bombastic singles; "Kiss With A Fist" and "Dog Days Are Over". Not two years after she was discovered while singing Etta James in a club bathroom, she was awarded the 2009 Brit Awards Critics' Choice (previously won by Adele). She found herself wowing attendee's with her incredible live performance and her now legendary set of pipes.
Her debut album is co-produced by Paul Epworth (Bloc Party, Maximo Park), James Ford (Arctic Monkeys, Last Shadow Puppets), and Steve Mackay (PULP, M.I.A.), and has already amassed a hefty amount of critical acclaim in the UK.
Lungs is made of harps, choirs, drums, quartets, strange electronic wailing, while incorporating countless other instruments and emotions along the way. The songs are full of Gothic Imagery, of fairytale flights of fantasy, and although much has been read into her lyrics, Florence says it's usually simple. "Everything is about boys!" she laughs. "The whole album is about love - and pain. People see my lyrics as crazy, but to me it's an honest, heartfelt album. I didn't set out to be wacky. I just want it to be emotive." ...And that it is!
Live, Florence and The Machine becomes an entirely different beast. No two performances are ever alike, and clad in clothes often culled from local second-hand shops that day, Florence goes at it like a woman possessed. As for The Machine, it's a flexible monster. It can go right down to Florence and a drum kit or a piano, but right now it's a seven-piece band including long-term collaborators; Rob Ackroyd (guitar), Chris Hayden (drums), Isabella Summers (keyboards) and Tom Monger (harp).
Lungs was nominated for the prestigious Mercury Music Prize.
"A compelling debut from a rising star" - Sunday Mail
"This year's most unique voice" - Q Magazine
"Welch is a star..." - Pitchfork
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Side A (In):
1. Dog Days Are Over
2. Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up)
3. I'm Not Calling You A Liar
5. Kiss With A Fist
6. Girl With One Eye
Side B (Out):
1. Drumming Song
2. Between Two Lungs
3. Cosmic Love
4. My Boy Builds Coffins
5. Hurricane Drunk
7. You've Got The Love