Almost three years after How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful, Florence + The Machine releases a new song titled "Sky Full of Song."
Up In The Air
On Thursday, April 12, the indie British band surprised fans with the track which was released with a black and white music video on YouTube. The track is the first single from the band's upcoming fourth studio album, High As Hope, due later this year.
In "Sky Full of Song," lead singer and lyricist Florence Welch becomes soul and center with only strings and a piano to accompany her strong vocals.
"This was a song that just fell out of the sky fully formed," the 31-year-old said in a statement. "Sometimes when you are performing you get so high, it's hard to know how to come down. There is this feeling of being cracked open, rushing endlessly outwards and upwards, and wanting somebody to hold you still, bring you back to yourself. It's an incredible, celestial, but somehow lonely feeling."
'High As Hope'
Last year, it was confirmed that Welch and the band are working on a new album, their first since 2015. The news comes from Ted Cockle, CEO of Virgin Records, who shared an update to the Spanish site Binaural.
In an interview, he revealed which artists were set to release new music this year.
"We are looking forward to great new music from Florence + The Machine, Blossoms, CHVRCHES, James Bay and Shawn Mendes," he said.
In addition, Florence + The Machine reportedly worked with Sally Herbert, a composer and producer who also worked with the band on How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful. Her biography on the Solar Management website stated that she worked on the upcoming album in the last year and has already finished string arrangements for High As Hope.
No exact release date has been announced as of this writing.
Florence + The Machine has already awakened from hibernation and has scheduled a few live performances this year. The band will headline the Orange Warsaw Festival in Warsaw, Poland on June 1 and June 2. Welch and company will also perform at the Melt! Festival in Ferropolis, Germany from July 13 to July 15.
Welch is also set to release her first ever book, Useless Magic, on July 5. It will feature lyrics, poetry, art taken from her own sketchbook, and some things that inspired her music and writing over the years.
Excited to announce that my first book of collected lyrics and poetry will release in the US on July 10, 2018. Preorder Useless Magic here: https://t.co/poBEwjJYS0 pic.twitter.com/GV1pVyH8Ez — florence welch (@flo_tweet) February 13, 2018