We are well and truly in a new Florence + The Machine era with the British singer-songwriter’s fifth studio album ‘Dance Fever’ slated for a May 13 release. The cathartically produced lead single ‘King’ heralded her return through her distinctive vocals and a confident aesthetic that hinted at the excellence to come. Her follow up single ‘My Love’ is an unexpected dance floor ready pop track that caters towards the fans of her Calvin Harris smash hit ‘Spectrum (Say My Name)’.
Holding onto her alternative roots, she creates a new-wave dance soundscape that will have you ready to let loose in a club or festival mosh pit. Fans didn’t quite expect to hear her return to that genre any time soon, but she’s made it her own. From start to finish it’s a lush and engaging listen that has this undeniable dominative energy behind it. But while the production is bright, radiating, and colourful, there is a darkness beneath the surface.
Inspired by a writers block she experienced as we transitioned into a COVID-19 affected world, she details the heaviness of not knowing what to say next, and how to articulate the emotions she experienced in those dark moments. “I was always able to write my way out. The song always made sense to me. Now I find that when I look down. every page is empty. There is nothing to describe, except the moon still bright against the worrying sky. I pray the trees will get their leaves soon” she honestly sings.
Contrasted with an upbeat and euphorically tinged production, she creates a dance moment of emotional release for anyone who also may feel lost with their direction in this new world we are re-entering.