It’s possible I’ve been living under a rock for the past two years. Florence Welsh has been on the music scene since 2007 and released her first album over two years ago. However, I didn’t know about her until she was on Saturday Night Live in November 2010. I have some catching up to do.
Florence + The Machine was nominated for a Best New Artist Grammy for this year’s Grammy’s. The new part of that award title makes me feel a little less bad for my under-rock living. For mainstream America, she’s new.
Florence Welch is an original, but I can’t help comparing her sound to Annie Lennox—maybe it’s the redhead Brit coolness thing, but I do think there are similarities between the two artists. I sometimes think of Kate Bush when I hear Welch sing.
I finally bought the CD Lungs. I can’t get Dog Days Are Over out of my head. It’s a really catchy song and showcases Welch’s amazing voice. The instruments are great too. Percussions, strings, some sort of mandolin-type instrument. Or maybe it’s a harp. Hey, I’m not a music writer! I just know what I like—even if I don’t have the words to explain why or what.
Between Two Lungs is a slower, hypnotic song but it’s also catchy. It also includes a unique assortment of percussion instruments. Welsh has a voice that carries the song. She could put out an a cappella album and you’d never miss the instruments.
All the tracks on the CD are great. It’s brilliant stuff! Check it out. It will take your breath away.