It feels like it's been ages since Florence and the Machine released Ceremonials, and even longer since she first took over the airwaves with 'Dog Days are Over' and the like on Lungs back in 2009. She's announced her return today on Zane Lowe's Radio 1 show, who just premiered her new single 'What Kind of Man'.

The song is taken from her forthcoming album How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful which impacts on 1 June via Island Records, he confirmed during her 'Hottest Record' slot today. The mostly instrumental title track was revealed last week, but 'What Kind of Man' feels like a proper return to form for the powerful vocalist. It's a bit misleading at first, all melancholy and downtrodden, but just before you know it, the song kicks into a massive arena-ready song with dark, hard-hitting guitars that sit quite nicely with how angry she sounds - you can almost feel her giving the side-eye to someone as she spits out the title of the track throughout the song.

In a press release, she talked about the inspiration for the record, saying:

“I guess although I’ve always dealt in fantasy and metaphor when I came to writing, that meant the songs this time were dealing much more in reality. Ceremonials was so fixated on death and water, and the idea of escape or transcendence through death, but the new album became about trying to learn how live, and how to love in the world rather than trying to escape from it. Which is frightening because I’m not hiding behind anything but it felt like something I had to do.”

You can watch the Vincent Haycock-directed and Ryan Heffington choreographed video for the track below, where you can find the tracklist for How Big and all of her summer festival dates.

  • Tracklist:
  • Ship To Wreck
  • What Kind Of Man
  • How Big How Blue How Beautiful
  • Queen Of Peace
  • Various Storms & Saints
  • Delilah
  • Long & Lost
  • Caught
  • Third Eye
  • St Jude
  • Mother
  • Tour Dates:
  • APRIL
  • 12-19 Indio, CA, Coachella Music Festival
  • JUNE
  • 05-07 New York, Governors Ball Music Festival
  • 11-14 Manchester, TN, Bonnaroo Music Festival
  • 19-21 Scheeßel and Neuhausen ob Eck, Hurricane and Southside Festivals
  • 25-28 Werchter, BE, Rock Werchter
  • 27 Roskilde, RK, Roskilde Festival
  • JULY
  • 16-19 Benicassim, ES
  • 18 Lisbon, PT, Super Bock Super Rock
  • AUGUST
  • 10-17 Budapest, HU, Sziget Festival
  • 11-15 Oslo, NO, Oya Festival
  • 13-15 Goteborg, Sweden, Way Out West
  • 14-16 Helsinki, FI, Flow Festival

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