Ceremonials by Florence + The Machine
Florence herself is a mass of contradictions: sheâs tough yet sheâs terrified, a bundle of nerves and passion, of darkness and pure joy. âI feel things quite intensely, which is why the music has to be so intense. Iâm either really sad or really happy, Iâm tired or completely manic. Thatâs when Iâm at my most creative, but itâs also dangerous for me. I feel I could write some good songs, or break some hearts. Or tables. Or glasses.â As for The Machine, itâs a flexible beast. It can go right down to Florence and a drum kit or a piano, but right now itâs a seven-piece band including long-term collaborators Rob Ackroyd (guitar), Chris Hayden (drums), Isabella Summers (keyboards) and Tom Monger (harp). (Info duplicated from florence+themachine.net). The new album, Ceremonials, dropped October 31st in the UK.