New Music: Florence & The Machine-Ceremonials

No.39

16th Nov 2011

When I first started listening to Florence & The Machine I was reading The Hunger Games series and it was the perfect soundtrack because Florence is dark and moody, a bit unrelenting at times and all girl power which defines the lead character Katniss.  Florence’s first album Lungs was powerful and has been a staple in my life ever since, so I was so excited to hear that they had a new album out called Ceremonials.

It’s hard to put a finger on why Florence Welch gets under my skin and into my heart because there really isn’t another singer out there right now that is similar to her, which is fantastic.  I find it interesting that she sings about death and internal sadness but with this huge voice that blows you away and sticks in your brain. Her music makes me want to sing out loud and dance while fist pumping the air and this album did not disappoint – it’s a great follow up to Lungs.  The album is thought provoking with cutting lyrics and I think what Florence’s strength is, is her ability to sing about such powerful and challenging emotions without sounding weak – she is a force to be reckoned with instead, sometimes you need push through the tough bits in life and rise up.

My favorite songs so far on Ceremonials are Heartlines and Shake It OutThe song Heartlines starts off with a tribal chanting and it feels primal, in my head I picture her running through the forest.  In the song Shake It Off, I love the lines:

“And I’ve been a fool and I’ve been blind /I can never leave the past behind /I can see no way, I can see no way /I’m always dragging that horse around /And our love is pastured such a mournful sound /Tonight I’m gonna bury that horse in the ground /So I like to keep my issues strong /But it’s always darkest before the dawn”

I relate to fighting against past hurts and carrying it around with you while all you truly want to do is bury it and move on or as Florence says Shake It Off and be free – we all have demons we would like to shed.

Florence & The Machine once again has me smitten, and never mind the black and gold dresses Florence wears in this video – gorgeous!  You can find their new album Ceremonials on ITunes.

One Response

  1. So glad someone on the internet shares my view on the hunger games and Florence + The Machine as a pairing. I was listening to Ceremonials when I first started reading the hunger games and it became a regular pairing thereafter. The dark subject matter of Florence’s songs and even the wording seems to correlate. Love the album!

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