Sunday, 4 July 2010

The dark side of love for Florence Welch

It's festival time again and that can only mean one thing, a season of great music is upon us.

Now seeing that I will not have the opportunity to frequent any of these musical feasts, I have decided to write about a band which inspires festival spirit at its most toxic-Florence and the Machine.

The band's seventh and final single-Cosmic Love- from album Lungs is set for release July 5th, 2010. It is in my opinion the most magical track to emerge from this eclectic group.

Interpreting the lyrics, vocalist Florence Welch admitted that the track relates being in love to falling into darkness; almost voluntarily blinding yourself.

Not having been in love myself, I realise I cannot speak authoritatively on the subject. However, if I were to hazard a guess at what love might incite, I could bet that elements of uncontrollability and devastation-as are prominent in the song's lyrics-would surely feature.

Still unsure of what Florence means? Think Stephenie Meyer's vampire character Edward Cullen and his love obsession, the mere mortal Bella Swan.

Although the lyrics may seem a little heavy for some, the accompaniment of hypnotic harp strings and pounding drums ensure that you never feel downbeat.

If that wasn't enough to convince you of the song's power, look no further than its art house style video. Between a light-up dress, mirrored walls and fallen leaves, it is eccentricity at its best!       

Listen to Cosmic Love: