How New York Fits Into Florence + the Machine's 'High As Hope'

May 16, 2018
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By Christine

I had the chance to sit down with Florence Welch from Florence + the Machine this week, after her intimate shows at Brooklyn Academy of Music, and I'm STILL pinching myself.

We talked about making art out of pain and poetry out of weirdness, and she was a generally lovely human being to be around. 

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Florence had a lot to say about how New York has shaped her as a person and an artist, and how much of an impact the city had on her forthcoming album, High As Hope, which comes out on June 29th. 

"There's an emotional weight to New York City for me," says Welch, "but also when I come here there's also this 'aliveness' to it that feel so full of longing and you're sort of lonely and overwhelmed -- but it's kind of amazing. It really had a big impact for me on this record."

Florence Welch (Joe Cingrana/WBMP)

When it comes to processing pain through art and then sharing that with the world, Florence says she has always found putting her pain on display has helped her work through and eventually come out on top of it. 

"Maybe you have to face stuff or push through some uncomfortableness -- It's funny," says Florence, "I'm not uncomfortable in life or on stage but... when I'm on stage or when I'm like, 'I can't believe I'm about to sing this or say this or do this, what am I doing?' but it's that breaking through the uncomfortability that somehow changes stuff.

"It's not that I'm totally at peace or I know what I'm doing -- I'm definitely uncomfortable but it's that kind of aggression with yourself where you're like, 'F*** you, OK you feel uncomfortable but we are gonna push through this!" -- so it's kind of pushing through those uncomfortable feelings. And then you're sort of transcending yourself, I think."

HIGH AS HOPE. JUNE 29 The new album, available to preorder now Photography by @bomteard Design by @brianroettinger

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Can't wait to see her the next time she's in NY!