By Kyle Anderson
Updated August 23, 2011 at 06:27 PM EDT
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By harnessing the power of her Lungs and scoring a big hit with “Dog Days Are Over,” Florence Welch went from indie upstart to major player in the pop world in the time it took to watch the trailer for Eat Pray Love or her performance on last year’s MTV Video Music Awards.

Welch spent the better part of the summer at Abbey Road studios plugging away at a new album, and now the first track from that still-untitled collection has been unveiled via Florence and the Machine’s official website. It’s called “What the Water Gave Me,” which showed up in a handful of set lists over the summer but had not been given the studio treatment until now.

Give the gorgeous, swooping epic a spin here:

Clearly, a little bit of fame hasn’t spiked any of Welch’s inspiration, as “What the Water Gave Me” is as lovely, passionate, and intense as anything on Lungs. And evidently she has put her new-found ability to summon string sections to excellent use.

Florence and the Machine’s new album will be hitting stores in the U.K. on November 7, so assume that its U.S. unveiling will be November 8.

What do you think of the new song? Does it push Welch far enough forward? Let us know in the comments!