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Watch Florence + The Machine’s new Bill Nighy-starring video for ‘Free’

The latest preview of Florence's upcoming new album is here

By Elizabeth Aubrey

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Florence + The Machine have today (April 20) shared a new single called ‘Free’ – listen to it below.

The song’s accompanying video, directed by Autumn de Wilde, stars actor Bill Nighy as Florence’s anxiety.

The track is the latest to be taken from Florence’s upcoming fifth album, ‘Dance Fever’, which is set for release on May 13.

So far, it’s been previewed by three tracks – the typically epic ‘King’, the stormy ‘Heaven Is Here’ and latest preview ‘My Love’, all of which have come with their own official videos.

Watch the video for ‘Free’ here:

All four of the videos released from ‘Dance Fever’ to date have been directed by veteran music photographer Autumn de Wilde, who made her feature film debut in 2020 with an adaptation of Jane Austen’s ‘Emma’ that starred Anya Taylor-Joy in the title role.

The new album was largely recorded in London, and was produced by Welch in conjunction with Jack Antonoff and Glass Animals frontman Dave Bayley.

Discussing comeback single ‘King’ and the forthcoming album’s themes, Welch said: “As an artist, I never actually thought about my gender that much. I just got on with it. I was as good as the men and I just went out there and matched them every time.

“But now, thinking about being a woman in my 30s and the future…I suddenly feel this tearing of my identity and my desires. That to be a performer, but also to want a family might not be as simple for me as it is for my male counterparts.”

Florence has recently completed a short run of intimate tour dates in Newcastle, Blackburn and London.