The next era of Florence + the Machine has begun with High As Hope, the band’s fourth studio effort. As frontwoman Florence Welch tells ABC Radio, the album finds her “looking at love in a really different way” than she did her last album, 2015’s How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful.
“The last record was about heartbreak, which [is] assuming that the other person is the problem,” Welch laughs. “So the last album is like, ‘It’s you, it’s you, it’s you,’ and this one was like ‘Oh, it’s me. I’m the constant in all these failed relationships, I have to start looking at my stuff.’”
Welch certainly looks inward on High As Hope, especially in a song like lead single “Hunger,” which reveals that the singer suffered from an eating disorder as a teenager. In that way, “Hunger” is a very personal song, but its chorus, “We all have a hunger,” has a very universal message.
“The funny thing about loneliness is that if you say it to anyone, they feel it too,” Welch says. “So it’s something that is a collective experience, but it’s one of loneliness. But we’re all feeling it.”
With “Hunger,” Welch says she was trying to “Trojan-hors[e] a really big, potentially totally unanswerable spiritual question into a pop song.”
“‘Cause if you don’t know what is going on and you don’t know what to do, you can dance about it!” she laughs. “To all jump into the ball pool of sadness together seemed like a fun thing to do.”
If you’d like to jump into said ball pool of sadness, you can listen to “Hunger” and High as Hope, out now.
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