Florence + The Machine’s stunning new album, “High As Hope”, has been released via Republic Records and Virgin EMI.

 

Featuring the anthemic singles Hunger, Sky Full of Song, and Big God which was previously released alongside an iconic video choreographed by Akram Khan and Florence, “High As Hope” has the feel of a career-defining moment for Florence.

 

Florence started writing the record, which is also the first she has officially co-produced, in solitude in South London, routinely cycling to her studio in Peckham every day to, as she puts it, “bang on the wall with sticks”.

 

She then took the songs to Los Angeles with her friend and co-producer Emile Haynie, opening them up along the way for collaboration with the likes of Kamasi Washington, Sampha, Tobias Jesso Jr, Kelsey Lu and Jamie xx. Florence mixed the record in New York, where the daily, reassuring view of that iconic skyline – often in stark contrast to the chaos of the wider world – gave the album its upbeat title.

 

 

Greatly well-received by critics, Sunday Times Culture said that “dark days are over with her stunning new album”, while The Observer described the album as “a force of nature”. The Telegraph commented: “Florence Welch’s wonderful fourth album marks the realisation of a singular talent.”

 

In “High As Hope”, Florence writes about her teens and twenties with a renewed and mature perspective, of growing up in South London, of family, relationships and art itself. The album is a record that is intimate and epic, with a more laid-back sound. It mixes high and low, from a tribute to Patti Smith one minute to being ghosted over text by a date the next.

 

Commenting on the album, Florence said: “It’s always a work in progress, and I definitely don’t have everything figured out. But this feels like quite a pure expression of who I am now, as an artist, and an honest one. I’m just more comfortable with who I am.”

 

Listen to Florence + The Machine’s new album “High As Hope” on Spotify: