We’re hopping across the proverbial “pond” today and taking a day trip to London for this week’s Tuesday Tunes. Fish & chips, anyone?
Florence Welch of Florence + The Machine grew up in southern London and has loved music for as long as she can remember…most specifically, the emotion behind it. Her debut album Lungs has stirred up a great deal of attention state-side in the last several months & I for one took notice. She was easily one of my top two artists of the summer—all that time spent on the road was a glorious excuse for uninterrupted tunes & I logged many a mile w. Florence blasting from the speakers.
Lungs as a whole takes the listener on quite a unique journey. No two songs are alike, nor does Florence’s voice ever feel as if it’s the same on any two tracks…as a result, each song has a very distinct feel & that’s exactly what Florence wanted.
from her Web site: Let’s talk about magic. Because music, at its best, is a kind of magic that lifts you up and takes you somewhere else. I want my music to sound like throwing yourself out of a tree, or off a tall building, or as if you’re being sucked down into the ocean and you can’t breathe. It’s something overwhelming and all-encompassing that fills you up, and you’re either going to explode with it, or you’re just going to disappear. I believe in magic, musically speaking.
And if you, like me, also find yourself curious about “The Machine,” according to Florence it’s a “flexible beast” of sound…but most often it comes in the form of a seven-piece band.
I guess you’ve made it big time when you have your own machine, huh?
But for now, lets get on to the magic of Florence + The Machine — and although I only have four songs in the playlist below, rest assured there’s more to listen to if you feel so inclined.
1. Dog Days Are Over: if you’ve ever heard of Florence + The Machine, chances are this song is the reason why [most recently heard in the Eat, Pray, Love trailer]. How fitting that the “dog days” of these dreadfully hot summer months too will soon be over (:
2. Drumming Song: have you ever felt like you could physically hear your heart beat pounding inside your head? perhaps you were a bit nervous to be around a certain someone? Florence wrote this song just for you.
3. Cosmic Love: The stars, the moon, they have all been blown out. You left me in the dark. No dawn, no day, I’m always in this twilight. In the shadow of your heart. Such a gorgeous “dark” love song & the 30 seconds of harp chords at the end are incredible.
4. Addicted to Love: this one’s my favorite & that’s all I’ve got to say about the matter.
Several choreographers on the latest season of So You Think You Can Dance were also quite taken by Florence & her machine — at least 4 of her songs were used for routines, including this group dance choreographed by Dee Caspary & performed by the season 7 all stars.
happy Tuesday, M.