Florence + the Machine will release their third studio album, How Big How Blue How Beautiful, on June 1st in the UK and June 2nd in the US. Their magnificent previous releases, Lungs and Ceremonials, are among my all-time favorite albums, so I reacted to the news like an excited kid running in happy circles. The new album’s spectacular title track indicates How Big How Blue How Beautiful just may cement Florence + the Machine’s place as my favorite modern band.
Written in the wake of the band’s whirlwind of success, lead singer Florence Welch calls the new album a “sort of a crash landing” with lyrics grounded more firmly in reality than its more fantastical predecessor. The album boasts a brass section arranged by Will Gregory of Goldfrapp, which sounds like a match made in heaven…or whatever exquisite otherworld such extraordinary artists inhabit.
How Big How Blue How Beautiful Tracklist:
Ship To Wreck
What Kind Of Man
How Big How Blue How Beautiful
Queen Of Peace
Various Storms & Saints
Long & Lost
After an eight year recording break, Irish singer-songwriter Damien Rice will finally release his third album, My Favourite Faded Fantasy, on November 11th. You can hear his new single, “I Don’t Want to Change You,” at NPR.
Allison Crowe just released the cover art and a few teasing details about her upcoming album, Heavy Graces. The album will feature mostly new, original songs along with covers of Leonard Cohen and Pearl Jam. A release date hasn’t been set, but the album is said “to be released very soon.” As she did with her last, exquisite collection, Newfoundland Vinyl, Allison has once again taken on the roles of singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, producer and engineer for the new album. Best known for her piano and guitar playing, Allison took up the fiddle for several songs on Heavy Graces. She’s also the mastermind behind the album’s lovely and somewhat Gothic cover art…