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Florence + The Machine Shine a 'Light of Love' in Rousing 'High as Hope' Outtake

Florence and the Machine
Vincent Haycock

Florence and the Machine

The introspective unheard track will benefit the Intensive Care Society.

Florence Welch has a very simple, inspiring message on the chorus to "Light Of Love," an outtake from Florence + The Machine's High as Hope album: "Don't go blindly into the dark/ In every one of us shines a light of love." The song, which was released on Friday (April 17), starts out as a hushed piano ballad with an opening verse about a late night of partying that seems to go sideways, leading to some serious introspection.

As the pace slowly picks up through the chorus, soft strings and woodwinds seep through and the realization that the drugs don't work creeps in while the tempo increases, a chorus of angelic backing vocals swells and a martial drum kick gives the arrangement a majestic swell. "I must not look away," the chorus sing repeatedly as their voices fade.

“The song is about the world coming at you so fast and you feel like you won’t survive it, but in actually bearing witness to the world as it is, it’s really the only place you can be of service," Welch said in a statement. "I found so many ways to numb myself out, to hide from the world, and although waking up from that was painful, it’s never been more important not to look away, to keep an open heart even if it hurts, and to find ways to keep showing up for the people that need you. Even from a distance.”

"'Light of Love’ is an unreleased song from High as Hope, it never made it to the record, but I thought I would release it at midnight tonight, as a little token of my love," Welch added on Instagram. "And to raise awareness for the Intensive Care Society, which provides care and support for the incredible doctors, nurses, and healthcare professionals on the front line of this crisis. I will be donating all of my income from this song to the Intensive Care Society. I love and miss you all so much. With you in spirit from South London lockdown."

“We are very humbled and grateful for this wonderful donation,” said Intensive Care Society President Dr. Ganesh Suntharlingam in a statement. “Intensive care is fighting the biggest challenge it has faced and the Society is doing everything it can to support our healthcare professionals, patients and relatives. Not only will this generous gift allow us to continue providing the essential resources to our intensive care community but it will literally help save lives — we can't thank you enough.”

Listen to "Light of Love" below.

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