High As Hope, the fourth studio album from Florence + the Machine, is set for release June 29 on Republic Records. The lead single “Hunger” and its accompanying music video are now available. Check out the video below:
“This song is about the ways we look for love in things that are perhaps not love, and how attempts to feel less alone can sometimes isolate us more,” says Florence Welch. “I guess I made myself more vulnerable in this song to encourage connection, because perhaps a lot more of us feel this way than we are able to admit. Sometimes when you can’t say it, you can sing it.”
Florence wrote, co-produced (her first time co-producing a Florence + the Machine album) and recorded the majority of High As Hope by herself. She finished the songs in Los Angeles with her friend and co-producer Emile Haynie, bringing in Kamasi Washington, Sampha, Tobias Jesso Jr, Kelsey Lu and Jamie xx as further collaborators.
“There’s a lot of love in this record, loneliness too, but a lot of love,” she says. “It’s always a work in progress, and I definitely don’t have everything figured out. But this feels like quite a pure expression of who I am now, as an artist, and an honest one. I’m just more comfortable with who I am.”
Florence + the Machine are set for a number of festival appearances this year, with a handful of headlining dates announced thus far as well.