Florence + The Machine (Image by Autumn De Wilde/courtesy Universal Music Canada)
Fri, May 13, 2022 1:20 p.m.
Florence + The Machine released their long-awaited new album, “Dance Fever,” on Friday. The album features previously released tracks “My Love”, “Free”, “King” and “Heaven is Here”, all of which arrived with videos from acclaimed director Autumn De Wilde.
“Dance Fever” was recorded in London during the pandemic in anticipation of the world reopening. It is the clubs, dancing at festivals, being in the whirlwind of movement and finally music and conviviality that Florence has missed the most during confinement. It was the hopes and dreams of reuniting with loved ones and dancing with strangers that helped keep the momentum of “Dance Fever” going.
His team said: “That ecstasy, that closeness, that euphoria at the possibilities of movement was reminiscent of the loss of performance and dancing in clubs. After all, music is the unique art form that has the power to help you lose yourself and release your anxieties, even for a moment.
“The image and concept of choreomania – a Renaissance phenomenon in which groups of people danced wildly to exhaustion, collapse and death – became a focal point of inspiration. Forced to leave the road for the first time in more than a decade, dance offered Florence propulsion, energy and a way to see music in a more choreographic way.
“Beginning, as always, armed with a notebook of poems and ideas, Florence had just arrived in New York in March 2020 to begin recording when COVID-19 forced her to retreat to London. Hiding away at home, the songs she had started began to morph.
“‘Dance Fever’ is an album that sees Florence at the height of her powers, entering into a fully realized self-knowledge, slyly mocking her own personality, playing with ideas of identity, masculine and feminine, redemptive, celebratory, fully taking its place in the iconic pantheon.
Produced by Florence Welch, Jack Antonoff and Dave Bayley, “Dance Fever” brings back the best of Florence and was made for the stage. After its three nights of intimate UK shows sold out within a minute of going on sale, Florence + the Machine have announced their ‘Dance Fever Tour’ for November, which includes several arena shows – including two nights at the O2 in London.
Florence’s chosen charity partner for this tour is Choose Love, where £1 from every ticket sold on this tour will be donated to them. Choose Love is doing whatever it takes to provide refugees and displaced people with everything from life-saving boats to food and legal advice. Their work has reached more than 1.8 million people and supported more than 250 community-based rapid action organizations across Europe, the Middle East and along the US-Mexico border. Everything they do is fueled by a vision of a world that chooses love and justice every day, for everyone.
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