Florence Welch had a breakdown during the year hiatus she took after the release of Florence + The Machine’s second album, Ceremonial. NME shared the comments made by Welch during an interview with BBC Radio 1 earlier this week.
Why is Florence Welch back in the public eye after nearly two years? Florence + The Machine is preparing the release of their third album. How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful is set for release on June 1, and the band released the first single from the album, “What Kind Of Man,” on February 12. Fans received a music video to promote the single.
This is the third album for the group, and it was produced by Markus Dravs, who has worked with Bjork and Coldplay in the past.
Before work began on this album, Florence and her band took a complete year off. They did not take any type of break between the releases of their first and second albums, and Florence knew that it was time for a break after the second album.
However, that year away was not easy for the singer. She revealed to Zane Lowe that the year was very chaotic for her. She revealed more during the on-air interview.
“Cermonials and Lungs all blurred together, we didn’t take any time off. It was a decision to have a year off. [I had] a bit of a nervous breakdown. It was a bit of a crash landing in a sense. In the year off, I was still going out and going to events but something wasn’t quite right, I was spiraling a bit. I wasn’t making myself happy. I wasn’t stable. It was a really vulnerable time for me when we first started making the record and because of that it’s the most personal record I’ve ever made.”
Welch also revealed that she had problems with drinking on and off during the hiatus and the time that followed.
According to the Spread It, Welch’s revelation has caused people to look at the term breakdown in a new light. Some have even praised Welch for talking about her breakdown. Not many are so willing to talk openly about a nervous breakdown after it happens to them.
Fans have shown their support for Florence Welch and her band’s new album on Twitter.
— ☹ ANASTASIA ☹ (@lamestasia) February 19, 2015
Thank god for @flo_tweet. Such an inspiration
— Zenon (@zenonarchives) February 19, 2015
— James Hoddy (@JAHoddy) February 19, 2015
Florence + The Machine will have a busy summer. Not only is the band scheduled to play at Coachella in April, but they have lined up a date at BBC Radio’s Big Weekend in May, and a few festival dates over the summer, as well.
The track list for How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful has already been released.
“Ship To Wreck”
“What Kind Of Man”
“How Big How Blue How Beautiful”
“Queen Of Peace”
“Various Storms & Saints”
“Long & Lost”
What do you think of Florence Welch’s breakdown revelation? Will you be picking up the new Florence + The Machine’s album on June 1?
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