Florence and The Machine Winner of the ‘Best British Album’ award at the Brits with an album which has stayed in the British Top 40 chart for nearly a year, Florence Welch is taking the U.K. by storm. A girl after our own heart, Fix takes a look at her whirlwind success, her inspirations and just a few of the reasons why we love her so much. ‘Lungs’, Florence’s debut album, pretty much dominates my iPod. With it’s orchestral sound, rhythmic beats and haunting vocals it provides a refreshing change from the mass produced pop music culture we live in, this girl’s got soul! “I want my music to sound like throwing yourself out of a tree, or off a tall building, or as if you’re being sucked down into the ocean and you can’t breathe,”Florence exclaims. And that it does. It’s an an intense mix of fantasy, reality and gothic amazingness, made up of kisses, cosmic love, hate, death, coffins, girls with one eye, hope, stamping, one man choirs, booze, harps, orchestras, wails, astrology and genius. Florence started songwriting at a very early age; by the time she’d left school and begun art school she’d already written songs such as ‘Kiss with a Fist’ and had high hopes to make it into the music business. She refers to herself as a ‘geek’ who ‘completely loses control’ when she’s in love,
which explains some of the passion behind her work, but also makes us, the smooth moving contingency of Europe, adore her. “Everything is about boys!” Florence laughs. “The whole album is about love – and pain. People see my lyrics as crazy, but to me it’s an honest, heartfelt album.” Florence admits she writes most of her best lyrics during the times she’s hungover and feeling rough (wish I could function quite so well during times like these) as these are the times the free, crazy thoughts appear in her mind (this sounds more like me) and get scribbled down in her notebook. “You’re lucid,” Florence reveals, “but you’re not really there. You’re floating through your own thoughts, and you can pick out what you need. I like those weird connections in the universe. I feel that life’s like a consistent acid trip, those times when things keep coming back.” Deep stuff. The Machine, which accompanies Florence’s genius, varies from Florence’s own bashing on the studio walls to create rhythm (what happened during the recording of the haunting ‘Between Two Lungs’) to her own work on piano or drums. Her current ‘machine’ however consists of seven talented musicians including long time friends Tom Monger who plays the harp, Chris
Hayden on drums, Rob Ackroyd on guitar and Isabella Summers rocking the keyboard. Her performances with the Machine are unique, no two are ever the same. Neither are her outfits which are super inspiring second hand, vintage kitsch! So she’s a down to earth, alcohol embracing style icon, who openly admits to unsmoothness regarding the male species. How can she not go far?! She admits her career fills her with fear despite her tough nature, - she’s nervous but yet so passionate. Resourceful as ever though Florence uses these elements in her work. “I feel things quite intensely, which is why the music has to be so intense. I’m either really sad or really happy, I’m tired or completely manic. That’s when I’m at my most creative, but it’s also dangerous for me. I feel I could write some good songs, or break some hearts. Or tables. Or glasses.” Since the release of ‘Rabbit Heart’ in 2009 millions of copies of Florence’s work have begun circulating the globe, and good on her we say, for being true to herself and adding an extra dimension to today’s music scene. “It sounds so cheesy, but I want to touch people. Not in a weird way. I just want to help them feel what I’m feeling.” LEGEND.
Winner of the ‘Best British Album’ award at the Brits with an album which has stayed in the British Top 40 chart for nearly a year, Florence...