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In our new video, Florence Welch discusses her penchant for dance music, where she feels most at home and whether she believes in magic

By Rolling Stone UK

Florence + the Machine’s Florence Welch poses for Rolling Stone UK
Florence + the Machine’s Florence Welch poses for Rolling Stone UK (Picture: Ruth Ossai)

Florence + The Machine’s Florence Welch has discussed her love of dance music, how and where she feels at home and more in a new behind-the-scenes video with Rolling Stone UK – watch it below.

Welch appears on the cover of Rolling Stone UK’s June/July issue, out now, in which she discusses new album Dance Fever (out this Friday, May 13), her troubles with fame, living with anxiety and more. Read the full cover feature here.

In our new behind-the-scenes video, Welch discusses her love of dance music, telling Rolling Stone UK: “The dance track that changed my life was The Source featuring Candi Stanton and ‘You Got The Love’. It changed my whole life, and I remember I would get drunk with my friends and dance to it and we were having some kind of kitchen disco.

“I remember saying to my friend, ‘Oh, we should cover this’, and we did it once I think at a festival, and then it was a B-side, but really it’s the spirituality of that song [that I love], and the spirituality that’s at the core of a lot of dance music. Because dance is about catharsis and transcendence.”

Discussing her idea of home, Welch adds: “Where I feel most at home, as I’m a creature of extremes, is either in my house or on stage, which is two exact opposite things. I feel comfortable nowhere else in the world!“

Watch the full video below.

Dance Fever follows Florence + The Machine’s 2018 album High as Hope and so far it’s been previewed by four tracks – the typically epic ‘King’, the stormy ‘Heaven Is Here’, recent single ‘My Love’ and ‘Free’, a song about anxiety which comes complete with a video that sees Bill Nighy playing the role of this part of Welch.

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

Talking to Rolling Stone UK, the artist said: “A lot of this record is about unpacking that relationship with the creative entity and being like, ‘Are you actually a force for fucking good? Or are you actually demonic?’”

Florence + the Machine appears on the cover of the June/July 2022 of Rolling Stone UK. Buy it here.