by Mar de Miguel
Florence + The Machine are one of the most sucessful indie pop band of the last years. Leadered by the English singer Florence Welch, they have released 2 studio albums and 2 live albums as well. Due to the big impact that this singer and her music has in our readers and followers on Tumblr, I have decided to make a small compilation of her work on this article, just trying to get a fast but deep view of her music and personal style. Enjoy!
Florence and the Machine (stylised as Florence + the Machine) are an English indie pop band, consisting of lead singer Florence Welch and a collaboration of other artists who provide backing music. The band's music received praise across the music media, especially from the BBC, before they gained mainstream success.
The band's debut album, Lungs, was released on 6 July 2009, and held the number-two position for its first five weeks on the UK Albums Chart. On 17 January 2010, the album reached the top position, after being on the chart for twenty-eight consecutive weeks. As of October 2010, the album had been in the top forty in the United Kingdom for sixty-five consecutive weeks, making it one of the best-selling albums of 2009 and 2010. The group's second studio album, Ceremonials, released in October 2011, debuted at number one in the UK and number six in the US.
Florence and the Machine's sound has been described as a combination of various genres, including rock and soul. Lungs won the MasterCard British Album award at the 2010 BRIT Awards. At the53rd Grammy Awards, Florence and the Machine were nominated for Best New Artist. Additionally, the band performed at the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards, and the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize Concert.
Florence Leontine Mary Welch was born in Born in Camberwell (england) on 28 August 1986.
Florence is the niece of the satirist Craig Brown and granddaughter of former deputy editor of The Daily Telegraph and former Daily Mail parliamentary sketchwriter Colin Welch. She is the daughter of Evelyn Welch, a Professor of Renaissance Studies and Academic Dean of Arts at Queen Mary, University of London, and Nick Welch, an advertising executive.
According to Welch, "The name Florence and the Machines started off as a private joke that got out of hand. I made music with my friend, who we called Isabella Machine to which I was Florence Robot. When I was about an hour away from my first gig, I still didn't have a name, so I thought 'Okay, I'll be Florence Robot/Isa Machine', before realising that name was so long it'd drive me mad." In 2006, Welch's performances with Summers in small London venues under the joint name Florence Robot/Isa Machine began to attract notice.
In 2007, Welch recorded with a band named Ashok, who released an album titled Plans on the Filthy Lucre/About Records label. This album included the earliest version of her later hit "Kiss with a Fist", which at this point was titled "Happy Slap". She signed a contract for Ashok with a manager, but feeling that she was "in the wrong band" she resigned, which cancelled the contract. Florence and the Machine is managed by Mairead Nash (one half of the DJ duo Queens of Noize), who decided to manage the singer when an inebriated Welch followed Nash into the toilets at a club and sangEtta James' 1962 song "Something's Got a Hold on Me".
Florence + The Machine Photo Gallery
- Studio albums
- Lungs (Island, 2009)
- Ceremonials (Island, 2011)
- Live Albums
- A Lot of Love. A Lot of Blood (IAMSOUND, 2009)
- iTunes Festival: London 2010 (Island, 2010)
- iTunes Live from SoHo (Island, 2010)
- Kiss with a Fist (2008)
- Dog Days Are Over (2008)
- Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up) (2009)
- Drumming Song (2009)
- You've Got the Love (2009)
- Dog Days Are Over (2010)
- Cosmic Love (2010)
- Heavy in Your Arms (2010)
- What the Water Gave Me (2011)
- Shake It Out (2011)
- No Light, No Light (2012)
- Never Let Me Go (2012)
- Breath of Life (2012)
- Spectrum (2012)
Florence + The Machine - Breath Of
Florence + The Machine - Never Let Me Go
Florence + The Machine - No Light, No Light
Florence + The Machine - Shake It Out
Florence + The Machine - What the Water Gave Me
Florence + The Machine - Heavy in Your Arms
Florence + The Machine - Cosmic Love
Florence + The Machine - Dog Days Are Over (2010)
Florence + The Machine - You've Got the Love
Florence + The Machine - Drumming Song
Florence + The Machine - Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up)
Florence + The Machine - Kiss With A Fist
Metropolis Studios on the 29th of April 2009
Live on KEXP
Royal Albert Hall (2012)
Primavera Sound Festival (2010) - 1/2
BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge (2011)
Primavera Sound Festival (2010) - 2/2
Live at the Wiltern (Live Album, 2010)
Florence and The Machine - MTV Unplugged (Live Album, 2012)
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