Looks like Florence Welch is having some trouble shaking the devil off her back.
Earlier today, Florence + The Machine premiered the jaw-dropping new video for “No Light, No Light,” the third single from her second studio album Ceremonials, which was (fittingly) released on Halloween.
Voodoo, creepy church boys straight out of The Omen and distinctly Illuminati/Satanic-friendly undertones? Yep–looks like the work of our beloved Florence to me!
Watch as Ms. Welch is endlessly chased down by a dark-sided (and blue-skinned) demon creature, getting poked and prodded in rag-doll form until finally succumbing and taking a tumble from great heights. The cinematography is absolutely stunning, and Welch looks gorgeous playing the witchy songstress she so naturally is.
The perfect visual for a most perfect song? Methinks yes.
Oh, and another thing: I know I haven’t made a peep about Ceremonials, but trust me: I think it’s thoroughly brilliant. Epic. In fact, it’s a little too epic for me to handle. Every time I listen, I have to walk away for a while and collect myself. There’s just too much epic! I don’t know how, when or if I’m ever going to properly review that record–but it’s fucking ACE.
Ceremonials was released on October 31. (iTunes)
A few years ago, you could take a walk down to Bleecker Street and catch a show at a small venue called The Bitter End featuring back to back performances from two of Manhattan’s most up-and-coming artists: Stefani Germanotta and Lelia Broussard.
One would ultimately ask Cher to hold her meat purse and get blasted by Bette Midler for coming out on stage dressed as a mermaid in a wheelchair, while the other would be a final contender to be the first unsigned artist to grace the cover of Rolling Stone magazine.
On August 2nd, Rolling Stone will announce which unsigned artist will be the first to make the magazine’s cover – and the contest has narrowed its way down to two finalists. Will alt-rock quartet The Sheepdogs win or will the quirky Lelia flash her signature facial-warpaint on the most esteemed music journal in the biz?
If anyone is close to stealing Florence Welch’s crown as queen of the indie chanteuses, it’s Lelia Broussard. Ever since her most recent album, Masquerade, came out in November of last year, Lelia has exploded onto the scene. No, really. I challenge you to find a coffee shop, book store, or Forever 21 that doesn’t have her song “Satellite” (written about “a sad robot in love”) on constant loop.
On August 24th, Lelia will be performing a very special one-stop show at the Highline Ballroom in New York. I caught up with Lelia to talk about what to expect from the show, how the Rolling Stone contest has impacted her life, which one of the Spice Girls she most identifies with, and more.
It’s that magical time of self-celebratory circle jerking again: The 2011 Grammy Awards!
And for the first time in, like, forever…it was mostly a good time! There were a lot of performances, and at least half of them were pretty entertaining.
Let’s take a walk through some of the more memorable moments of the night, shall we?
OMFG It’s the 2010 MTV VMA’s–the glitz! the glamour! The meat purses!
Let’s cut the shit: The show was mostly boring. Taylor Swift sung a song about Kanye West, Kanye West sung a song about Kanye West, and no one gave a shit about Ke$ha.
And now, the video for the seventh single off of Lungs (and my favorite song off of the entire album), “Cosmic Love.”
Florence Welch is a goddess. The video is as perfect as the rest of the campaign, and everything sparkles with the same energy and magic. The release of “Cosmic Love” as the final single from Lungs is truly the icing on the most scrumptious of cakes.
I can’t even handle the thought of the follow-up to this album…