Florence + The Machine – Spectrum
In the video for Florence Welsh’s latest single, ‘Spectrum’, director and photographer Dave LaChappelle has combined the seemingly disparate worlds of Swan Lake, the Egyptian Pharoes and Studio 54 to create a delicious and opulent performance. Florence sports a rather super hairdo and does much arm waving and flourishing as a swarm of ballerinas dance around her and lift her up above the dancefloor.
Although the video may be a bit on the elaborate side, it’s more than a match for the enormous sound of ‘Spectrum’, which sees Florence and the Machine revelling in that curious mixture of enormously ethereal gospel with stadium rock. Not, perhaps, the most obvious combination, but it’s one that shows Florence at her very best.
‘Spectrum’ is scheduled for release on 8 July 2012, and is the fourth single from her second album Ceremonials. Although she has a penchant for the ‘otherworldly’ in her music, Florence is her own worst enemy when it comes to all things paranormal: “I can spook myself really easily,” she says. “I’ve got quite a vivid imagination and I’m easily overwhelmed by sensations and things that are beautiful or scary. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a ghost – I think I’m probably haunted by my own ghosts than real ones.”
Spectrum is the fourth track to be released from the 2011 album ‘Ceremonials’. The album exceeded all expectations and silenced the few critics whom dare say the flamboyant Londoner was a hurricane that had blown out after just one album. Florence and the Machines first album Lungs was a massive success in 2009 and some thought that the sheer audacity and size of the music produced may not translate to a second album, fuel was added to this fire with the two year gap preceding ‘Ceremonials’. Florence Welch has said the delay was down to making sure the album was perfect from start to finish and it worked! ‘Ceremonials’ was released to much fanfare and applause and it an equal match to its predecessor in being such an eclectic sound yet being completely unique whilst taking the Florence sound further in the right direction.