It’s been nearly a year of dog days for Florence + the Machine fans hoping for new material. Now, almost one year after Florence Welch’s breakthrough performance of “Dog Days Are Over” at the 2010 VMAs, the British songstress announces a new album and debuts its first single, “What the Water Gave Me.”
“What the Water Gave Me” crescendos with a tribal intensity, balancing chants against an airy, whimsical harp. Watch the song’s video below, as Florence gets giddy in the studio and ethereal on stage.
The currently-untitled follow-up to Florence + the Machine’s debut, “Lungs,” will see a Nov. 7 release date in the U.K. (via Island), while Universal Republic will release it stateside sometime the same month. The album finds the Grammy-nominated siren recording at Abbey Road Studioes and pairing with producer Paul Epworth (Adele, Bloc Party), who served as one of several producers on “Lungs.”
Of the new album, Welch recently told Pitckfork that she’s “been able to expand on the idea that [she] was hitting on towards the end of making ‘Lungs.’ It’s like taking everything from the first album that seemed quite separate and making them whole.” Welch added that she’s becoming more mindful of how her songwriting will translate in a live setting — an idea she wasn’t thinking of while writing her debut release.
“Lungs” debuted at No. 179 on the Billboard 200 dated Nov. 7, 2009, but peaked almost a year later, on Oct. 2, 2010 at No. 14, after the act’s breakthrough MTV Video Music Awards performance of “Dog Days Are Over.” The single reached at No. 21 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the wake of the VMAs as well. The song also climbed to No. 11 on Adult Pop Songs, No. 8 on Alternative Songs and No. 9 on Rock Songs.
“Lungs” has sold 738,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan, while “Dog Days” has moved 1.79 million downloads.
Additional reporting by Keith Caulfield.