Out Now: Florence + the Machine Returns with Sweeping, Hopeful New Album ‘Dance Fever’ (Listen)

Adrian GarroCategories:Latest News

Rock Cellar Magazine

Florence Welch composed much of the material on Dance Fever, her new album with Florence + the Machine released today, May 13, during the pandemic.

Despite those circumstances, it’s a record of hopefulness and inspiration, a shot of positivity and uplift conceived during a time in which so many of us felt anything but jubilant, songs of swelling emotions that targeted the eventual return of the joyful side of human experience.

A news release sums up the project’s scope in more detail:

“The image and concept of choreomania—a Renaissance phenomenon in which groups of people danced wildly to the point of exhaustion, collapse and death—became a focal point of inspiration. Forced off the road for the first time in more than a decade, dance offered Florence propulsion, energy and a way of looking at music more choreographically.”

Here’s the album’s opening track, “King,” as performed on The Tonight Show on Thursday night:

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At the core of Dance Fever is Welch’s reflection not only on the world at large, but herself.

Take the opening verse of “Free”:

Sometimes, I wonder if I should be medicated
If I would feel better just lightly sedated
The feeling comes so fast and I cannot control it
I’m on fire, but I’m trying not to show it

The song received a music video from director Autumn De Wilde and co-starring Welch and British legend Bill Nighy — portraying Florence’s anxiety:

Florence + the Machine first hit it big on the strength of some truly epic songs like “Dog Days Are Over,” and Dance Fever is an especially poignant artistic statement from Welch and her band mates, one that stands shoulder-to-shoulder with the band’s earlier records.

A fully realized and fleshed-out rumination on the shared experience of these past few years, it’s especially effective in its embrace of the imperfections of everyday life, channeled with Welch’s witty lyrical presentations set to dynamic and engaging compositions:

What gives Dance Fever a unique sense of life is the production, credited to Welch, Jack Antonoff and Dave Bayley of Glass Animals. Each song soars skyward, Welch the steady presence throughout. She’s always been a particularly powerful vocalist, but Dance Fever finds her really putting in overtime, and it’s an enthralling listen from start to finish.

Florence + the Machine have long maintained an unforgettable live experience, and there’s every reason to expect that to continue on the band’s upcoming tour dates supporting Dance Fever. It’ll be a truly jubilant show, so be sure to catch one if you’re interested:

September 2 Place Bell Montreal, QC*
September 3 Budweiser Stage Toronto, ON*
September 7 Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island Chicago, IL†
September 8 Xcel Energy Center St. Paul, MN†
September 10 Pine Knob Music Theatre Clarkson, MI†
September 12 Capital One Area Washington, D.C.†
September 14 TD Garden Boston, MA†
September 16 Madison Square Garden New York, NY†
September 20 Ascend Amphitheater Nashville, TN‡
September 21 Ameris Bank Amphitheatre Alpharetta, GA‡
September 23 Amway Center Orlando, FL‡
September 24 FTX Arena Miami, FL‡
September 27 Moody Center Austin, TX§
September 28 The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory Irving, TX§
October 1 Ball Arena Denver, CO
October 4 Rogers Arena Vancouver, BC**
October 6 Climate Pledge Arena Seattle, WA††
October 7 Theater of the Clouds Portland, OR**
October 9 Shoreline Amphitheatre Mountain View, CA††
October 12 Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre San Diego, CA††
October 14 Hollywood Bowl Los Angeles, CA
*with Arlo Parks
†with Sam Fender
‡with King Princess
§with Yves Tumor
**with Japanese Breakfast
††with Wet Leg

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