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LISTEN: First New Florence + the Machine Song

SPIN's Artists of the Year return with "What the Water Gave Me," off their November LP.

By: William Goodman // August 23, 2011

Flame-haired Brit singer Florence Welch and her band the Machine, one of SPIN’s 2010 Artists of the Year, have unveiled the first song from their November LP, the follow-up to their smash debut Lungs. Listen to “What the Water Gave Me” below.

The five-and-a-half-minute track is a surge of gospel-tinged pop with harp, piano, and throbbing bass driving under Welch’s powerful vocals: “Lay me down / Let the only sound be the overflow / Pockets full of stones / That’s what the water gave us!”

It was recorded at the legendary Abbey Road Studios in London with producer Paul Epworth (Adele, Bloc Party), who helmed “Cosmic Love” and “Blinding” from Lungs. The new album also features “Strangeness and Charm,” which you can hear a live recording of below.

Florence and the Machine, “What The Water Gave Me”

“Strangeness and Charm”