We’ve all been waiting for news of a new Florence + The Machine project for quite some time, and the date is ready for calendars around the world: November 7, 2011. But you don’t have to wait that long to hear the first taste of what’s to come. “What The Water Gave Me” may be her finest song yet, as Florence takes her music back to the purely elemental.
“It’s a song for the water,” says Florence. ““Because in music and art what I’m really interested in are the things that are overwhelming. The ocean seems to me to be nature’s great overwhelmer. When I was writing this song I was thinking a lot about all those people who’ve lost their lives in vain attempts to save their loved ones from drowning. It’s about water in all forms and all bodies. It’s about a lot of things; Virginia Woolf creeps into it, and of course Frieda Kahlo, whose painfully beautiful painting gave me the title.”
The yet untitled album was produced by Paul Epworth in its entirety, to help develop a singular sound for the new songs. It was recorded during a “magical” five week session at Abbey Road’s Studio 3, where Abbey Road by the Beatles and Dark Side of the Moon by Pink Floyd were recorded. This may be my most anticipated new release of the year, and if “What The Water Gave Me” is any indication, it’s going to be quality enough to give Adele a run for her money.