Florence + the Machine to release new album in November

24/08/11

Florence Welch from Florence + the Machine

Florence + the Machine are to release their second album on 7 November.

The group, headed by Florence Welch, say the follow-up to 2009's Lungs has no title yet but will be preceded by new single, What The Water Gave Me.

The album was produced by Paul Epworth and was recorded over five weeks in Studio 3 at London's Abbey Road.

"It's a song for the water because in music and art what I'm really interested in are the things that are overwhelming," Florence Welch said.

It's a song for the water because in music and art what I'm really interested in are the things that are overwhelming
Florence Welch from Florence + the Machine

"The ocean seems to me to be nature's great overwhelmer.

"When I was writing this song I was thinking a lot about all those people who've lost their lives in vain attempts to save their loved ones from drowning.

"It's about water in all forms and all bodies.

"It's about a lot of things; Virginia Woolf creeps into it, and of course Frieda Kahlo, whose painfully beautiful painting gave me the title."

Florence + the Machine were nominated for a best new artist Grammy last year but lost out to US jazz artist Esperanza Spalding.

They came third in the BBC's Sound of 2009 poll and have won two Brit awards.

Their debut album Lungs has sold more than a million copies so far with You've Got the Love making it to number five in the UK singles chart.