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Kieran Webber
Kieran Webber

Founder of CLUNK Magazine. Normally found hunched over his desk searching for new music.

Florence + The Machine return triumphantly with soaring new single ‘King’

Florence + The Machine, who first exploded into our eardrums with the powerful single ‘Dog Days Are Over’ has made a surprise return with soaring new single ‘King’. The last album ‘High As Hope’ came out in 2018, and since then we’ve not heard much from the artist.

The new single ‘King’ is a slow, emotive, and self-reflective release that see’s Florence question her womanhood, and tackle what it means to be a woman in the music industry, and in the artistic world. It’s a powerful and intense release that slowly builds towards a mighty crescendo. As expected, Florence Welch’s all encompassing vocals take lead, reminding us of her raw vocal talent.

Speaking on the track Florence explains: “As an artist, I never actually thought about my gender that much. I just got on with it. I was as good as the men and I just went out there and matched them every time. But now, thinking about being a woman in my 30s and the future… I suddenly feel this tearing of my identity and my desires. That to be a performer, but also to want a family might not be as simple for me as it is for my male counterparts. I had modelled myself almost exclusively on male performers, and for the first time I felt a wall come down between me and my idols as I have to make decisions they did not.”

There is currently no news of an album yet, but it is incredibly likely an announcement will follow soon.

Watch/listen ‘King’ here: