Possibly blinding

My first exposure to Florence Welch of Florence + The Machine was purely aural: someone suggested a track on one of those listening-post type sites, and I dialed in. What I heard was quite interesting, sort of like what Kate Bush would sound like if you took the scorpion out of her underpants, and I sought out some more, which inevitably led me to some video stuff.

I can’t possibly describe her appearance, though, any better than Mandy Kay does here:

She owns the indie/glam/crazy/beautiful style like she created it. And, well, let’s face it, she did. Not only is her music FANTASTIC, she’s incredibly stylish to boot. On stage she sort of dresses like a figure skater on crack, with swimsuit-type outfits layered with flowing fabric, flowers and feathers.

In contrast, there was her appearance at the 2010 BRIT Awards — her album Lungs won the MasterCard British Album award — in which she demonstrated the possession of, among other things, lungs:

Florence Welch at the 2010 Brit Awards

(Photo source.)

“Blinding,” incidentally, is one of the few songs from Lungs that didn’t eventually come out as a single. Her current single, “What the Water Gave Me,” precedes her as-yet-unnamed second album by a couple of months. Too much old-hat video trickery here, but it’s here so you can listen — and because it’s her 25th birthday this weekend.

And if you happen to see a figure skater on crack, please get out of the way.


  1. Luther »

    27 August 2011 · 10:20 pm

    I did see a bottle of wine in that video, so she is okay with me. Though, juxtaposition of the still of your post versus the linked video, well, not the same person, almost. But then, that is the chimera we live with now.

    Not that I am immune to red heads, heaven forbid. And there is a PhD in waiting, I think. Figuring out why men so much love Red Heads.

    Though, first question is, is Florence a natural red head.

    Now, don’t get me wrong here, Florence is hotter that the sun.

    I’m just attempting a facade of nuance.

    I’ve also been drinking. It is Saturday evening you know.

  2. CGHill »

    27 August 2011 · 10:43 pm

    Well, the video and the still are at least a year apart, and a lot can happen in twelve months.

    As regards redheads generally, I have no useful information to impart.

  3. Luther »

    27 August 2011 · 11:18 pm

    A year is a long time. Though, to reiterate, the still is hotter than twelve million suns.

    Now, as to redheads in general, count yourself lucky, I think.

    Though maybe I just wasn’t up to the task, myself.

  4. Tatyana »

    28 August 2011 · 8:13 am

    Chaz: you have my stamp of approval, with this item.

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