I absolutely loved Bat For Lashes' Two Suns. Nobody does what Natasha Khan does better than Natasha Khan, but then I heard Florence and the Machine's tribal epic "Cosmic Love." While Florence's voice doesn't possess the prowess and dexterity of Natasha's, the musical arrangement in "Cosmic Love" is Bat For Lashes at her best.
Florence and the Machine gained momentum through the ever powerful BBC Radio (which has also recently launched Little Boots, La Roux, Big Pink, and Dan Black's careers) and has since played Glastonbury and Reading & Leeds music festivals. "Cosmic Love" is an excellent cut from FatM's debut album, Lungs, which will be released on July 6th in the UK.
So far, Florence and the Machine has released 3 singles off the album (Kiss With A Fist, Dog Days Are Over, You've Got The Love), and a fourth (Rabbit Heart) is coming in less than 2 weeks. She has also done a wonderful job of keeping up a respectable stream of cover songs, covering the Mystery Jets, Beirut, and Cold Wat Kids. I have yet to listen to the album, but I am positive that it will live up to all of the British hype. UK buzz artists don't let me down often. Read on for some mp3s and let me know what you think of Florence and the Machine.
A rock lickin' track that shows us that Florence can also channel Karen O. On this track, Florence meshes influences from the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Bat For Lashes with beautiful layers. This one is my favorite. This track was originally a b-side for "Dog Days," but somehow became the third single to promote Lungs. This one falls short, but it's definitely not bad. With a gorgeous musical arrangement, this was the track that first put Florence and the Machine on my radar, thanks to Muumuse.