Florence + The Machine have announced details of their new album and premiered its lead single.
The Florence Welch-frontend band will release How Big How Blue How Beautiul on June 1 through Island Records. Watch the Vincent Haycock-direction video for the record's lead single, What Kind Of Man - which is available to download now - below:
The record was produced by Markus Dravs (Bjork, Arcarde Fire, Coldplay) and includes contributions from Paul Epworth (Adele, U2), Kid Harpoon (Jessie Ware) and John Hill (Rihanna, MIA).
"I felt he had that balance of organic and electronic capabilities, managing those two worlds," Florence said of Markus. "And, you know, he’s good with big sounds. And l like big sounds. And he’s good with trumpets, and I knew I wanted a brass section on this record."
Discussing the album's title, she said: "How Big How Blue How Beautiful was the first song I wrote for this record, literally as I just came off tour, and then I went off and had this incredibly chaotic year, and that all went into the record. But in the end, the feeling of How Big How Blue is what I came back to.
"The trumpets at the end of that song – that’s what love feels like to me. An endless brass section that goes off into space. And it takes you with it. You’re so up there. And that’s what music feels like to me. You want it just to pour out endlessly, and it’s the most amazing feeling."
The How Big How Blue How Beautiful tracklisting appears below:
1. Ship To Wreck
2. What Kind Of Man
3. How Big How Blue How Beautiful
4. Queen Of Peace
5. Various Storms & Saints
7. Long & Lost
9. Third Eye
10. St Jude
Florence + The Machine has scored eight UK Top 40 hits to date, including Number 1s Spectrum (Say My Name) and Calvin Harris collaboration Sweet Nothing. Their two albums, 2009's Lungs and 2011's Ceremonials, have both topped the Official Albums Chart.