Wednesday, 28 December 2011
Florence + The Machine - No Light, No Light
With Florence + The Machine, epic-ness is assured. But what I love most about new single No Light No Light is that it sees a welcome return to the more melody driven approach of Florence's debut album.
One of the few criticisms levelled at her Ceremonials album was that at times it felt like Florence on autopilot, hollering away at full-pelt, annihilating any sense of actual 'tune' beneath the vocals. Slabs of vocal talent these new songs without doubt were, but where was the enduring appeal of gems like Dog Days Are Over?
No Light No Light takes the best of approaches, a little bit from all of Florence's most attractive pools of influence - massive church organ, bewitching, semi-baroque soundscapes, a veritable richness of wall-like sound that towers above the listener like the Tower of Bable.
It's an epiphanic experience, and it is here that Florence can truly bring those all-powerful vocals to bear properly. The result, an earth-shatteringly good track that manages to back up every accolade and sales tally Ceremonials has already achieved.
No Light No Light is released on the 16th January.