Artist of the Week: Florence and the Machine

Florence Welch can only be described as one thing: unique.  With a love for macabre imagery and a voice that “tears through octaves and rips into full-throated shouts without ever drawing a breath,” Florence is difficult to ignore.  The daughter of a Harvard-educated Professor of Renaissance Studies, Florence grew up surrounded by the dark themes of art, music, literature, which was accentuated when both of her grandparents passed away in her early teens.  What has resulted is a one-of-a-kind style of pop music that incorporates quick changes in vocal texture, angelic instruments such as the harp and bells, and lyrics about monsters, shadows, death and destruction – and it could not be more beautiful.

Lungs, Florence and the Machine’s debut album, was released in the summer of 2009 and has drawn worldwide attention to this quirky lady with the massive voice.  Over the past year and a half, her singles have topped the charts in the UK, graced many film and television soundtracks, and she has performed at the most buzzworthy festivals including Glastonbury, Reading and Leeds, and T in the Park, as well as performances on The Late Show with David Letterman and Jimmy Kimmell Live.  With a sophomore album set for release in 2011, this attention is sure to last for quite some time, and we can’t wait to see what the songstress comes up with next.

Sounds Like:
“Blending murder, mayhem, sweetness, and light into an intoxicating brew.”
— All Music Guide

Similar Artists: Lily Allen, Kate Nash, Amy Winehouse, Adele, Duffy

About:
“…there’s the voice; capable of Kate Bush-esque hysterics or throaty, Patti Smith-style drawls. Like Grace Jones, she treads the line between utterly entrancing and genuinely terrifying.”
– NME

“Just that voice, the one heard many months ago coming from absolutely nowhere, a mix of jazz and folk and blue-eyed soul like nothing in a long time. Or rather, like everything.”
— PopMatters

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~ by vapormusic on November 4, 2010.

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