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Florence And The Machine return with King

By | Published on Thursday 24 February 2022

Florence And The Machine

Florence And The Machine are back with new single ‘King’, which ruminates on being a female artist striving for longevity in music but also wanting a family.

“As an artist, I never actually thought about my gender that much”, says Florence Welch. “I just got on with it. I was as good as the men and I just went out there and matched them every time”.

“But now, thinking about being a woman in my 30s and the future, I suddenly feel this tearing of my identity and my desires”, she continues. “That to be a performer, but also to want a family might not be as simple for me as it is for my male counterparts”.

”I had modelled myself almost exclusively on male performers, and for the first time I felt a wall come down between me and my idols as I have to make decisions they did not”.

No details of the group’s fifth album have yet been made public, but it is expected at some point this year. Earlier this week, the new single was teased, with the subtitle ‘Chapter 1’, in letters sent to fans and a teaser video.

‘King’ comes accompanied by a video directed by Autumn de Wilde. Watch that here: