Florence Welch of Florence + The Machine stopped by the KROQ Studios to talk with Kat Corbett about her forthcoming album, How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful, the follow-up to 2011’s Ceremonials. She also discusses fashion, Florence’s first time at Coachella, and more!
On How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful:
“That was one of the very first songs that I wrote for this. I was in LA… the skies here are so different than anything we have in London, they’re just enormous and they go on forever. In some ways that could be incredibly hopeful, and in some ways it can make you feel incredibly exposed. So there’s a happiness and a sadness to it, and I was just thinking about the LA sky. Then the rest of the album kind of came along and there were songs on there that were kind of, you know, more troubled… it was a year of serious highs and lows I think and the album sort of reflects that.”
“There are some moments on there that are quite desperate, but actually I thought about it calling it something that was darker I guess,” Welch continued. “There’s a Greek myth that Tantalus was put into a pool of water, he was punished by the Greek Gods so that every time he would bend down the water would recede and there were some grapes above him that every time he looked up the grapes would be pulled away. So this idea that something was always just beyond your reach.”
“I listened to the whole record and I was like ‘Actually it’s not like that.’ You felt like you got it. The thing that you wanted you got, you just didn’t realize it. And then it takes you all the way back to the beginning. I think How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful should be the title and that opened the whole record out for me because there’s just so much hope in that phrase. That’s kind of how I feel about the world.”
On Her First Time at Coachella:
“That was the year before I played it. I went with my boyfriend at the time. It was the first time I had ever come to LA. Things with Florence + The Machine were literally just kind of kicking off. I don’t think I had even finished the first record yet.”
Welch continues, “We were sleeping on a lilo [blow-up mattress] and living off those taco chips. But it was really fun. We basically just stranded ourselves at Coachella.”
Florence + The Machine’s new album How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful will be released later this year.