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NEW MUSIC: FLORENCE + THE MACHINE | HEAVEN IS HERE

British alt-rock band Florence + The Machine returned with the new single “King,” written by Florence Welch in February. They have now unveiled a new song, “Heaven Is Here,” and an accompanying music video directed by Autumn de Wilde and shot in Kyiv, Ukraine, in November. The heavily percussive track rides the momentum of a hand clap current, punctuated by big hits of drums, piano, and acoustic guitar. Florence Welch’s vocals are equally punchy but balanced with some big, drawn-out harmonies. According to Florence Welch, two of the dancers in the video are sheltering in their home city as it remains under siege by Russian forces. “To my brave and beautiful sisters Maryne and Anastasiia,” she wrote on Twitter, “I love you. I wish I could put my arms around you.” She shared another statement about the song: “Heaven Is Here” was the first song I wrote in lockdown after an extended period of not being able to get to the studio. I wanted to make something monstrous. And this clamour of joy, fury and grief was the first thing that came out. With dance studios also shut, it was my dream to one day create choreography with it. So it’s one of the first pieces of music I have made specifically with contemporary dance in mind." Last year, the group contributed “Call Me Cruella” to the soundtrack for Disney’s "Cruella," while before that, they were dropping scattered songs such as “Light of Love,” Moderation,” and “Haunted House.” Florence and the Machine’s most recent LP, "High as Hope," was released in 2018.