Fans of Florence + The Machine might be in luck, according to a recent update on the Virgin label’s website, the band is expected to return in 2018 with their fourth full-length studio album yet-to-be-announced. The album will be the group’s first record in three years, following How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful in 2015.
In the interview Virgin Records CEO Ted Cockle is quoted saying how the label looks forward to “great new music from Florence + The Machine, Blossoms, Chvrches, James Bay and Shawn Mendes, as well as being the home for fresh US hip-hop talent like Migos and the UK music frontline with the likes of Krept + Konan, MoStack, and Hardy Caprio amongst so much more.”
According to the official website of 123 studios in London, producer/engineer Brett Shaw will once again be working on the project after having “spent 2017 recording the upcoming Florence and The Machine album at 123 studios and out in L.A.”
As for what we can expect to hear from the new project… lead singer Florence Welch was interviewed by The Telegraph last year, during which she explained that the album will explore the “black hole” she fell into after a tempestuous relationship with her ex-boyfriend James Nesbitt ended in 2014. The break-up sent the musician into an emotional state, which subsequently resulted in her newfound sobriety from alcohol during two-year tour that followed.
“I’m happier now, I’m content, but I’m never going to be fixed, ever,” Welch said. “I don’t think that’s how it works. A lot of things almost worked for me: partying almost worked, being famous and successful almost worked, the relationship almost worked… but it won’t sustain you. These are transient things. It’s working out how to be OK regardless.”
While much still remains unknown as far as plans to promote and tour the album, it’s nice just knowing that new music is in the works.