An acquaintance of mine is seeing her (w/ the Machine in tow, obv.) in Melbourne tonight and I’m kinda bummed that not only am I not doing likewise, I wasn’t even aware they were touring until my mother informed me that Welch & band were performing on bloody Dancing With The Stars.
Florence And The Machine have posted the first song to be revealed from their second album ‘What The Water Gave Me’
‘What The Water Gave Me’ will appear alongside 12 other tracks on the album, which does not yet have a title, but is scheduled to be released in November. It is available now through FlorenceAndTheMachine.net.
The track is named after a painting by Mexican artist Frida Kahlo and has also been part inspired by the death of author Virginia Woolf, who drowned herself in a river by filling her coat pockets with stones.
This is about when there’s that electricity between you, and a boy, and it’s completely unspoken. When they’re standing in front of you and you can’t breathe, can’t think, can’t do anything properly. I’m really geeky – if I like someone, I just become incapable. I remember with my first boyfriend, walking past the window of a pub, seeing he was in there and literally throwing myself on the ground and crawling on the floor because I was so scared! I feel things quite intensely, which is probably why the music is quite intense. If I really like someone, I like someone; if I’m sad, I’m sad.
…it’s really Gothic imagery – fairy tales and Edgar Allen Poe stories. I’d read a lot of Gothic horror when I was a kid. Also things like Sylvia Plath – I’ve always been a kind of literary miserablist!