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It’s a Florence vs. Florence battle royale. My money is on Florence ;)

Florence + The Machine unveiled their new clip just before taking the stage for their Coachella set. “Ship To Wreck” is the latest taste off their forthcoming studio album, How Big How Blue How Beautiful. The powerful upbeat track is my favorite so far from this era of theirs. It’s everything I love about the English band.

I’m excited that Welch and company are taking a Beyonce-like approach to promote the LP. They plan on releasing a clip for every track. I wish every musical act did this. Sometimes a strong video can do wonders for a song’s appeal. Watch their latest visual below.

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Florence + The Machine shares the fourth taste off their forthcoming album, How Big How Blue How Beautiful in stores June 2. “Ship To Wreck” features a guitar beat and Welch’s signature powerhouse vocals which tells a tale about inner turmoil and personal hardship.

“I was thinking about my own self destructive side, and how you can make something only to tear it down, enjoy/destroy, create/devastate etc. When you’re in that whirlwind, you often end up breaking the thing you love the most.” – Florence Welch

In my opinion, it’s the best one yet and has the most potential to become a hit among the four shared tracks. Give it a listen below. You’ll be thankful you did. I’m already obsessed.

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Florence + the Machine are certainly in a giving mood this week. On the heels of “How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful,” the English rock band debuts the official lead cut off their third upcoming studio album.

While the track they premiered earlier this week was mostly instrumental, “What Kind Of Man” is everything you’d expect and had hoped for from Florence and company. It starts off with a pseudo a cappella intro before kicking into high gear with a killer beat and Florence’s signature wails. Forget Hozier, Welch takes us to church with this new offering. Simply triumphant.

Like their previous clip, this one is directed by Vincent Haycock and features mesmerizing choreography from Sia “Chandelier” creative mind Ryan Heffington. Check out the slightly NSFW video below. It features brief nudity.

“I guess although I’ve always dealt in fantasy and metaphor when I came to writing, that meant the songs this time were dealing much more in reality. Ceremonials was so fixated on death and water, and the idea of escape or transcendence through death, but the new album became about trying to learn how live, and how to love in the world rather than trying to escape from it. Which is frightening because I’m not hiding behind anything but it felt like something I had to do.” – Florence Welch regarding upcoming album

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It’s been a long four years since Florence + The Machine unleashed Ceremonials in 2011. Thankfully, the English rock band decided to release new material today from their upcoming third studio album. It’s about friggin’ time.

How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful” is a mysterious track with beautiful instrumentals. As usual, Florence Welch’s voice is pure magic. The track comes with an accompanying hypnotic music video.

Welch is shown dancing with a doppelgänger in the clip directed by Vincent Haycock and Tabitha Denholm. If you find yourself mesmerized by the choreography, it comes from the creative mind of Ryan Heffington. He’s the same choreographer responsible for all those dance moves in Sia’s viral “Chandelier.” Check out the video below.

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Music: What’s On My Dance Party Playlist?

In: Music, Redd, Videos

I always gravitate towards music when I’m hanging out at home and listen to anything from lounge music, top 40 to electronic/house tunes. At any given time, there is a Dance Party Playlist on my iPhone which usually contains remixes of popular Top 40 hits and come in handy for various activities like cleaning the apartment, showering, laundry or going for a run.

Here are 6 tracks currently on my playlist. Leave me some of your suggestions in the comments below. I’d love to know what you’re listening to.

Check out the tracks on the next part of the post.

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When Interscope Records released The Great Gatsby soundtrack sampler, I mentioned a highlight was the contribution from Florence + The Machine. The record label just made the entire track available and it’s even more amazing than I imagined.

Over The Love” is a smoldering track that builds to powerful closing crescendo. Reportedly, the song is sung from Daisy Buchanan’s (Carey Mulligan) point of view. The track is littered with multiple references from F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel. Florence Welch’s evocative signature style is absolute heaven on the theatrical track. I can’t wait to see how Baz Luhrmann incorporates it in the film. Take a listen below.

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Listen To The Great Gatsby Soundtrack Sampler

In: Donovan, Movies, Music

The first released trailer of The Great Gatsby was captivating, but the most recent one featuring some of the music from the soundtrack just put it over the edge. It’s remarkable how music can elevate emotion.

If hearing short snippets, of what is bound to be a phenomenal soundtrack, had you begging for more, you’re in luck. The official soundtrack sampler has been unveiled, featuring 30-second snippets from each of the songs on the LP, with one notable exception- the Beyonce & Andre 3000 cover of Amy Winehouse’s “Back To Black.” Speaking of which, I’m sure if Winehouse were still alive today she would be included in this talented bunch.

Jay-Z who was commissioned to curate the soundtrack did a fantastic job of lining up artists who evoke the roaring 20s while keeping it contemporary. A few of the standouts on the soundtrack include Florence and the Machine, Sia, Coco O. and Lana Del Rey’s contribution. Normally, the latter gives me gas, but I think she’s absolutely divine on her track and will fit perfectly in the film. Also worth mentioning is my girl Emeli Sande. She does a swing version of Beyonce’s “Crazy In Love.” So glad that the Scottish songbird is finally getting some love in North America. Listen to her cover along with the rest below.

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Rising Artist Spotlight: Let’s Talk About HAIM

In: Music, Nic

I’ve been obsessed with these girls for a few months now, and get unnecessarily excited when they come out with anything new, whether it be song or video. I just realized yesterday that I haven’t posted about them at all, and now that they’re quickly nearing hipster royalty, I should really introduce you to, if you haven’t already heard, HAIM.

These three sisters, Este, Danielle, and Alana, only started releasing singles last year, but being the new kids on the block haven’t stopped them from growing underground notoriety at a rapid pace. All of a sudden my Songza is playing them and I realize they’ve arrived.

After already being on tour with people like Edward Sharpe, Mumford and Sons, Florence + The Machine, and Ke$ha, these girls don’t have a full length album yet, but one is scheduled for release this year, to be vague, and the fans (me) can’t wait for the 80′s influenced pop to continue. Every single they’ve released has been absolutely epic, and below is my absolute favorite to date still “Don’t Save Me“, along with an amazing follow up that just debuted a couple months ago “Falling“.

I’m pretty sure these ladies have a sound I haven’t quite pinned down or been able to completely compare anything to with some great harmonies and haunting vocals and a whole lot of retro keyboard. I’m stoked to see their careers blossom.

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