Florence + The Machine has shared details of her 5th studio album, ‘Dance Fever’.
With the title and artwork for the record announced yesterday, the full-length is set for release on 13th May via Polydor Records. The announcement comes alongside the third track to arrive in recent weeks, new single ‘My Love’. Following up on ‘King’ and ‘Heaven Is Here’, you can check out an Autumn de Wilde directed visual below.
‘Dance Fever’ was recorded predominately in London over the course of the pandemic in anticipation of the world’s reopening. A press release that accompanies the news explains the record is inspired by “what Florence missed most in the midst of lockdown – clubs, dancing at festivals, being in the whirl of movement and togetherness – and the hope of reunions to come”.
It goes on to explain how, before the pandemic, Florence had become fascinated by choreomania – a Renaissance phenomenon in which groups of people, sometimes thousands, danced to the point of exhaustion, collapse and death.
Florence had just started work on the record in March 2020, arriving in New York to record with Jack Antonoff, before being forced to retreat to London due to the coronavirus pandemic. During that time, the songs she intended to record started to shift – ‘My Love’ in particular changing with the help of Dave Bayley of Glass Animals. Originally written as a “sad little poem”, it shifted from an acoustic track after Bayley suggested using synths.
Florence announced ‘Dance Fever’ yesterday, sharing on Instagram that the record was “a fairytale in 14 songs”. She’s set to play a number of festivals across the summer, including NOS Alive, Mad Cool, Flow and more.