I adore music videos, but its a rare artist these days that makes one I can get excited about. The imagery employed by Florence and the Machine of magic, spiritualism and melancholy always sets my heart a flutter. Links below to see the videos of my Top 5 Florence & The Machine Videos :
Rabbit Heart (Raise it up)
This track was my introduction to Florence via an amazing presentation on Top of the Pops Xmas where she performed it like a pagan ritual. The video is more whimsical full of medieval/Victorian revelers at a kind of Mad-Hatter’s tea party. Also witness Florence’s signature motif; wading into the river like Ophelia or Woolf.
Shake it out
A costume ball thrown by the Bloomsbury set, filled with masks and false selves. A séance, and dancing as though possessed to throw the devil from your back. Possible suicide by jumping? My favourite of Florence’s songs.
Vivid Red hair against red leaves, glitter, fairy lights and bokeh. An autumnal reverie and some Kate Bush like interpretive dancing in a slashed black leotard for this song about finding light and love in the dark.
Never let me go
This video sees Florence as a dark elemental spirit, like the ghost of a drowned girl from a Japanese horror film. Returning to an ice rink to say farewell to a lover, she has been swallowed whole by her true love the ocean.
No light No light
Rooftops, voodoo, falling and being chased- it’s your worst anxiety dream. Effectively low-fi and creepy, with choirboys borrowed from Total Eclipse of the Heart and the fabulous moment where she falls through the stained glass ceiling nicked from The Cell. Oh Florence, you’ve done it again ❤
No official videos yet from the new album How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful but I’ll be watching. I’m so glad I got to see her perform live this year, you can see my Florence and the Machine gig review here.