Category Archives: Florence + the Machine

News Bits and Bobs


New addiction: Andrew Davie’s new outfit Bear’s Den. Check out a live version of song “Pompeii” above.

I know I’m not great about updating this blog, but this is bad–even for me. Thankfully I have an excuse: I was in London! That’s right, London. The homeland. The mother ship. While I was reliving study abroad memories, seeing friends new and old, and hanging out at Borough Market, a lot of cool stuff happened in folk world. Here are just some of the news items I missed.

Communion artist Michael Kiwanuka toured with Adele earlier this year–no small feat! He’s now announced details of forthcoming EP Home Again, which is set to be released January 1st. It’s short and sweet, with just three tracks:

‘Home Again’ (click to hear his performance on Lauren Laverne’s BBC6 Music show)
‘Now I’m Seeing’
‘They Say I’m Doing Just Fine’

Three Blind Wolves have released a free acoustic EP, The Maybe Forest. It features an acoustic version of “Emily Rose” as well as a bunch of tracks I don’t know, and you can get it here. The band has also been in the US (not the West Coast, dammit), and their last date on that tour is tomorrow night at Star Bar in Atlanta.

The fabulous King Charles has released a video for the official recording of “Ivory Road”–and while I think I like the Black Cab Session a bit better, it’s pretty exciting that an LP is on the way.

    Mumford & Sons have two new tracks floating around–including one from the upcoming film adaptation of Wuthering Heights. That track is called “Enemy”, and you can listen below. The other track is “Ghosts That We Knew”, and was debuted in Philadelphia on 104.5 FM.
    And finally, I reviewed Florence and the Machine’s new album Ceremonials on The Owl Mag. Here’s a snippet:

    ‘For an artist like Florence Welch, the second album is tricky. Will it catapult her into the Top 40? Will she maintain even an ounce of indie cred, or be relegated to guilty pleasure playlists? As songs from Lungs continue to haunt movie trailers and car commercials, Florence and the Machine appears to be moving dangerously close to ubiquity. For me, then, sophomore effort Ceremonials begs the question: can I still own my girl crush?

    I realize that’s probably not the question running through your mind, but bear with me. With her crazy red hair, kooky style, and songs about stabbing girls’ eyes out, Flo is endearingly eccentric–a refreshing and indie-appropriate superstar. Though flanked by a self-professed Machine, she and debut album Lungs never felt like products of one. Ceremonials had a lot to live up to: it needed to bring the same quirky grandeur as its predecessor, or my admiration would end up in one of her boys’ coffins.’

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Crazy Week for New-Folk!

As many of you likely know, this is a crazy week for new-folk, English music, and just music in general. It feels like there have been a billion album releases: Laura Marling, St. Vincent, Slow Club, Peggy Sue, Blitzen Trapper, Girls. I’m still working through reviews, but here are a couple I’ve gotten out recently, followed by some news bits and bites.

Slow Club, Paradise (Thank Folk for That)
Slow Club’s debut album, Yeah, So, is indie-pop perfection. It’s just the right mix of sincerity and whimsy; sweet without being cloying, heartfelt without being trite. Rebecca Taylor and Charles Watson captured the topsy-turvy spirit of post-adolescence, from bubbly songs about broken hearts to wistful tunes about new relationships. I figured Slow Club’s follow-up would be more of the same: a little older and wiser, perhaps, but full of their signature folk-pop duets. They’d done so well the first time around, I couldn’t think of any reason to tamper with such a charming formula.

I was dead wrong. One spin of Paradise proved that this sophomore effort is not only different, it’s so much better. Rebecca and Charles have moved far beyond adolescence, switching spunky folk for sophisticated pop. Elements of their earlier sound are certainly present, but even those are more mature: think of songs like Hackney Marsh as I Was Unconscious, It Was a Dream, version 2.0. If Yeah, So was the perfect encapsulation of one phase of life, Paradise shows that same lyrical sensibility in this new one. (Read the rest.)

Dawes, Nothing Is Wrong (For Folk’s Sake)
As the only Californian on the For Folk’s Sake writing roster, I felt it was my duty to grab Nothing Is Wrong by Dawes. Not only are they from Malibu, an oceanside haven near Los Angeles, but they sound more Californian than most other bands from the Golden State. The quartet draws inspiration from the Laurel Canyon music scene (which historically includes such musicians as Joni Mitchell and Crosby, Stills, & Nash), and even named their 2009 debut North Hills. Their sophomore effort still gives a nod to their esteemed SoCal heritage, but moves far beyond homage or imitation – Nothing Is Wrong is truly, and magnificently, their own. (Read the rest.)

Catch Laura Marling performing “The Muse” on New York’s KFUV:

Florence and the Machine have also announced details about their sophomore album, Ceremonials. Here’s the track listing:
‘Only If For The Night’
‘Shake It Out’
‘What The Water Gave Me’
‘Never Let Me Go’
‘Breaking Down’
‘Lover To Lover’
‘Seven Devils’
‘Heartlines’
‘Leave My Body’
‘Spectrum’
‘All This And Heaven Too’
‘What The Water Gave Me’

Peggy Sue have released a video for “Song and Dance” off their new album Acrobats. Though out in the UK as of yesterday, Peggy Sue fans in the US have to wait until October 25th for the Yep Roc release.

Peggy Sue – Song & Dance from Wichita Recordings on Vimeo.

And finally… Summer Camp have released an adorable video for “Better Off Without You”. This is the first video where we actually get a glimpse of Jeremy and Elizabeth, and it’s a charming mix of modern and 80’s footage. And it starts with “Welcome to Condale”, a nod to their fanzine of the same name (and the LA suburb where a lot of their songs take place).

Florence and the Machine Announce New Album, Release “What the Water Gave Me”



I think of Flo as my ginger twin. We otherwise look nothing alike, but our hair is so ridiculously similar that she’ll forever have a place in my heart. What’s not to love about a girl with a giant voice, crazy style, and heaps of red locks?

I woke up this morning to find that Florence and her Machine have announced their sophomore LP. Though it’s currently untitled, it will be released November 7th via Island Records and was produced entirely by Paul Epworth. The video above is for new song “What the Water Gave Me”, and the album will also feature “Strangeness and Charm”, which she performed at Glastonbury in 2010 (below). I can’t wait to hear more from the fiery songstress.

Jeepers Creepers

Any holiday that encourages the wearing of crazy costumes is all right by me. That’s probably why Halloween has always been my favorite holiday: the addition of pumpkins, cool decorations, and free candy puts it over the top on the awesomeness scale. And while I’m not currently loving the music from the Halloween party across the street (I don’t want to learn how to “dougie”, thanks), here are some creeptastic alternatives.

Andrew Bird, “Not a Robot, But a Ghost” (Youtube, live in St. Malo, France)
Animal Collective, “Banshee Beat” (Youtube)
Beirut, “In the Mausoleum” (Youtube, from La Blogotheque)
Bombay Bicycle Club, “Ghost” (Youtube)
Bon Iver, “Creature Fear” (Youtube)
Bowerbirds, “Ghost Life” (Youtube)
Department of Eagles, “Phantom Other” (My friend made this video!)
Eugene McGuinness, “Monsters Under the Bed” (Youtube, official video)
Fanfarlo, “Ghosts” (Youtube, live at SXSW)
First Aid Kit, “Ghost Town” (Youtube, official video)
Florence and the Machine, “My Boy Builds Coffins” (I saw this video when it first came out!)
Girls, “Ghost Mouth” (Youtube, live in Dublin)
Laura Marling, “Night Terror” (official videos one one and two)
Matthew and the Atlas, “Deadwood” (Youtube, live in Belfast)
The Middle East, “Blood” (Youtube, beautiful fan video)
Noah and the Whale covering Daniel Johnston, “Devil Town” (Youtube, live in LA)
St. Vincent, “Laughing with a Mouth of Blood” (Youtube, official video)
Summer Camp, “Ghost Train” (Youtube, official video)
Talking Heads, “Psycho Killer” (Youtube)
Timber Timbre, “Demon Host” (Youtube, official video, and worth the repeat from my last playlist)

Also check out Peggy Sue’s very appropriate “Horror Move Marathon”–especially if that’s what you did this weekend.

Horror Movie Marathon by brilliantlydifferent