I’ve been listening to Ceremonials for a week now, more or less on repeat and I think I’m in love with it. The songwriting just gets better and better, as does everything else, and then there’s Florence’s trademark howl, oh I’m so glad she’s finally released a new album.
In the album booklet it says that Florence wanted to recreate a feeling of being completely envelopped by something, also that she has a bit of an obsession with being underwater. I think all of this comes out in the album, with songs like What The Water Gave Me and most definitely in Never Let Me Go, with all the pianos and bells and harps and strings, and thos earth shaking drum beats, it feels like swimming through something, or just floating, but never drowning. Although the last track Leave My Body is a bt of an outer Florence’s-body experience, not morbid as such, just that she’s letting go of the guilt and the regret and the sadness she feels about whatever it is she’s done (maybe? Who knows, but that’s what it sounds like). Ceremonials seems like it’s all about that, Shake It Out especially – “it’s hard to dance with the devil on your back so shake him off” and Never Let Me Go (might be my fave track on the whole album?) “the arms of the ocean delivered me”. Ah the woman speaks a lot of sense.
It’s a fantastic tricky-second-album, the Abbey Road magic seems to have done the trick, just please, Florence, don’t leave it so long between albums next time.