Florence and The Machine return with new material, their first since their fourth studio album in June 2018.
The two-part single, featuring tracks ‘Moderation’ and ‘Haunted House’ comes as a pleasant surprise for fans, so soon after the release of ‘High As Hope’.
Moderation, first revealed in a live performance during the Australian leg of their High As Hope Tour and features a new, louder sound for the band. The three-minute track produced by James Ford opens with a programmed drum intro, piano-driven accompaniment and builds into an aggressive anthem.
The track is bold, soulful and invigorating, with Welch demanding “Do I look moderate to you?”
Speaking with Zane Lowe on Beats 1, front woman Florence Welch said: “’Moderation’ was written during the time I was writing ‘High As Hope’. It was one of those instant songs but didn’t fit with the theme of the record ‘cause I knew I wasn’t writing a personal record.
“It’s about reaching outwards and being cross that someone can’t give you what you want, but the chorus came from a childhood memory of being told off in church.”
The track is followed by the comparatively stripped back ‘Haunted House’, much more reminiscent of their previous albums and their unique sound. Produced by Matthew Daniel Siskin, the track reveals Welch’s more sombre side as she compares her heart to a haunted house. The track partners the line “I’m not free at all” with soft, lilting vocals and a piano melody – a sad and haunting effect.
Florence and The Machine continue their Australia and New Zealand tour until January, followed by a tour of mainland Europe in March.