Ryan and Matt listen to and discuss Florence + The Machine’s How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful and discuss the podcast No Effects with Jesse Cohen of Tanlines.
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Jesse Cohen and No Effects
- No Effects Podcast
- Tanlines website
- @tanlines on Twitter
- How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful (affiliate links)
- Wikipedia: Florence + The Machine, Florence Welch, HBHBHB
- Reviews: P4k, The Guardian
- Robert Ballard on wikipedia
Yay! An album I’ve listened to! My underthinking it comment is that maybe there isn’t much to overthink here. It certainly wasn’t as good of a listen as her previous albums and I think there was also just a lot less to the lyrics. Right. Off to listen to what you had to say.
Well, if we’re going to dive this deep into analyzing the name of the band, I’ll point out that it’s Florence PLUS the Machine as opposed to Grace Potter and the Nocturnals or Robot & Frank (I know the last one wasn’t a band). It doesn’t have the friendly children’s novel look of the ampersand or the traditional backing band look of the “and.” Instead, it’s more of an equation. You add Florence to the Machine and this is the result. I think of her (in her vocals, and her performance style, and her clothing choices) as a very ethereal figure who kind of gives herself up to the music. She’s like a nymph, like the embodiment of song. It’s interesting that she would then ground herself with “the machine.”