The dog days may be over, but you can go back to where it all began in the brand-new behind-the-scenes video of Florence + The Machine.
Featuring footage shot during the making of her recent, excellent Ceremonials, viewers are treated to not only exuberant performance of “Shake it Out” and “What The Water Gave Me,” but also her musings on the nitty-gritty of the recording process.
Like? Well, lying on the floor singing seance songs, for one — and explaining a studio instrument that she claims makes a sound, “like a zombie’s face being mashed in.” Listen in at 2:52 and try and tell us that’s not an accurate description of what you’re hearing.
Filmed to support The Creators Project, an arts initiative of Vice and Intel, the clip lets fans follow Welch’s excitement at recording at the famed Abbey Road Studios, as well as a trip down memory lane with Isa Summers to her very first studio–complete with a name-inspiring drawing. Sadly, the spaceman on the picture didn’t make it into the band.
Check out the video below:
Listening to Florence + The Machine is nearly a religious experience, and from this video, it’s clear she’s aware the effect her voice has on people. And while Ceremonials deals with heavy themes of spirituality, longing and sadness, as well as the tortured heroine, Welch hopes her listeners don’t walk away from her music feeling heavy: “I’d quite like all of you to feel good about yourself,” she muses. Mission accomplished.
Readers: Enjoy the glimpses behind the scenes? Are you planning to “Shake It Out” with her when she appears as the musical guest on Saturday Night Live next week?