An unstoppable soulful machine

By Tiffany Batson |Staff Writer|

British singer-songwriter Florence Welch might have the coolest band in music today. Her music is truly remarkable.

Her new album Ceremonials is sure to be a chart topper as it delivers a nonstop wave of imagery that sets your mind running free.

Florence Leontine Mary Welch records under the name Florence + the Machine, with seven other bandmates. She describes her music as something overwhelming and all-encompassing that forces you to feel her pain and happiness.

“Music, at its best, is a kind of magic that lifts you up and takes you somewhere else,” she said on her web site.

In the song “All This and Heaven Too,” her lyrics dialogue battles of the heart and the feeling that resonates when you’re not sure what your heart wants. Sometimes the heart and mind can’t articulate the pain and confusion that is felt.

Welch’s lyrics are poetic and an insightful look on life, love and the range of frustrating emotions that accompany love.

In “No Light, No Light” she sings, “No light, in your bright blue eyes, I never knew daylight could be so violent. A revelation in the light of day, you can choose what stays and what fades away, and I’d do anything to make you stay.”

“Shake it Out” is very catchy and includes strong lyrics as well. In the chorus of the song, she sings, “It’s hard to dance with the devil on your back, so shake him off.”

Welch has a riveting voice that impels your heart and soul.

Her debut album, Lungs was award-winning in England. At the 2009 Brit Awards, she won the Critics’ Choice Award and at the same event in 2010, she received the award for Album of the Year.

The album to be released Oct. 31 features tracks also about love and the pain that comes with heartbreak.

Florence + the Machine are delightfully unconventional in the use of the instruments, lyrics and sound. Although Welch is considered as eccentric, she exudes talent.

In writing and recording her song “Between Two Lungs,” from the Lungs album, she used methods that were considered unorthodox.

Welch wrote the song starting from the backing vocals, then wrote the lead vocals and also used the studio walls as a percussion instrument by hitting them with her hand.

This kind of lovely chaos is what makes the story of her music interesting and appealing. Her music is not about performing the perfect song but rather about being free, different and exciting.

Following the release of her debut Lungs, she received worldwide stardom and continues to grow as an artist and create music from the heart.

Currently there are no concert dates scheduled for a tour for the new album.

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