Florence + the machineThe long-awaited sixth studio album of “Dance Fever” is about to be released May 13. To give fans a taste, the band released three singles leading up to the album’s release. “Heaven is here” “King” and “My love” also include music videos that give way to a larger narrative that is sure to be present throughout the album that explores the power of femininity and self-actualization.
“Heaven is here”
Both the song and the music video feature a soulful yet rhythmic energy that draws the listener into the emotional world of Florence + the Machine. The song’s rhythmic flamenco-style vocals complement the rough exterior with lyrics such as “And I roll around in my red dress/And time stretches on endlessly/With my gun in hand/You know I always have my man”. While the song lends a vibe more suited to winter than spring, the band has no trouble creating a lyrical and holistic experience for fans. The melody sounds almost hollow, accompanied by sprinklings of background acoustics. Rather than making the song unfinished, Florence + the Machine is able to emphasize the lyrics rather than the rests. Florence + the Machine keeps fan expectations high with this uncharted sound.
Carrying the same themes from the “Heaven is Here” music video, “King” contains dark, dark images of an overly dramatic love story. Even the first line, “We argue in the kitchen over whether to have children / About the end of the world and the scale of my ambition / And how much art is really worth”, sets up the song and video with a dramatic and artistic tug of war full of macabre visuals. The singer expresses her independence and releases all attachments and ties to anyone other than herself. Florence + the Machine beautifully tells the story of a woman realizing her own potential and independence in a way that isn’t often expressed lyrically in lines like “I’m not a mother/I’m not a wife/I am king”. With a sound more faithful to their previous work, the band boldly and successfully explore a narrative not often told through audio and video elements.
The latest single from Florence + the Machine’s recent releases leaves room for even more drama than its predecessors. Although more upbeat, this song expresses the grief that comes with having so much to give and nowhere to put it. The singer laments, “So tell me where to put my love/ Am I waiting for the time to do what he does?/ I don’t know where to put my love.” The music video features bright colors and a classic Hollywood theme that highlights the garish nature of the story being told. While this seems inconsistent with the previous videos, which had the same setting and themes, elements such as frozen background characters, messy makeup, and dancers of death that ran through all three videos tie it all together and create anticipation for the next album that is sure to end the narrative.
Florence + the Machine’s first album since 2018 is already looking to exceed expectations after the poignant and dramatic themes of its first three singles. The songs and their respective videos give fans the classic vocals and sounds the band is known for while continuing to surprise and amaze with beautiful lyrics and imagery. “Dance Fever” is sure to impress if it sounds like its main singles. Listeners can expect songs that explore joy and sadness, love and lust, independence and attachment with heartbreaking emotion and range.