You've watched the teaser video, heard the spellbinding first single, 'What Kind of Man' - and so begins the countdown to Florence + the Machine's first album in four years, How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful (coming on 1 June 2015). Woop! Here's why we can't wait...
1) It’s set to be her most personal album yet; so prepare to be inspired.
During her time out, Florence recently admitted – to BBC Radio One’s Zane Lowe – to having had ‘a bit of a nervous breakdown. It was a really vulnerable time for me when we first started making the record,’ she said. ‘And because of that it’s the most personal record I’ve ever made.’
2) She’s breaking new ground; so prepare to be blown away.
‘Ceremonials was so fixated on death and water and the idea of escape and transcendance through death, but the new album became about trying to learn how to live, and how to love in the world without rather than trying to escape from it,’ she explains. ‘Which is frightening because I’m not hiding behind anything but it felt like something I had to do.’ Bravo.
3) The result is an explosion of the senses.
Produced by Markus Dravs (who was behind Bjork’s iconic 1997 album Homogenic). Expect soaring sounds and live trumpets galore.
4) We’ve missed her effortless day-to-day don’t-give-a-damn-what’s-supposed-to-be-in-fashion style.
Her 1970s bohemia happens to be 100% on trend right now but that’s merely a bonus. And one she’s probably not even aware of. Which is why we love her.
5) The red carpet has also missed her.
In a sea of predictable, varying-shades-of-the-same-colour designer gowns, our Flo BRINGS it. See 2013’s Great Gatsby premiere (remember ‘Over The Love’ on the soundtrack?). Is it a tux? Is it a dress? Who the hell cares?
6) She gives good hair inspo
Long flowing locks, very regal braids and that fringe. How many more hair ideas do you need for one summer? Somebody give that gal a hair contract (they’ve probably tried; but she’s far too cool.)
7) This festival season is going to be the best in years.
And it’s all thanks to her. Already confirmed to play Radio One’s Big Weekend in Norwich (23-24 May) and that’s just the start. Floaty dresses, festival hair (see above) and one hell of a sing-a-long. Our Hunters are already packed.
Here’s what we can expect from How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful…