Florence + The Machine’s “As Far As I Can Get” Surfaces Online: Listen

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Florence + the Machine rose to fame in 2011 with Ceremonials, thanks to US crossover hits like “Dog Days Are Over” and its huge, baroque pop sound. For its third album How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful (out June 2), though, the group tried instead for intimacy. “I wanted to make something that was big but had a gentleness to it. That had a warmth, that was rooted,” frontwoman Florence Welch says.

Upon first listen, new B-side “As Far As I Can Get” seems like a prime example. Following singles like “Ship to Wreck,” where Florence + the Machine recalls Fleetwood Mac as Welch sings of self-destruction, “As Far As I Can Get” is even more quietly devastating. This new song is patient, though Welch hints of feeling otherwise. She curses those who dare to waste her goddamn time, singing as if she’s muttering under her breath.

“As Far As I Can Get” appears on Florence + the Machine’s What Kind of Man 12-inch, available today (April 18) in part of Record Store Day. Hear the new song below.

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