Florence + The Machine released two unreleased songs on July 3, ahead of an announcement that the band will be releasing a ten year anniversary boxset of their first LP, ‘Lungs’. The demos are titled ‘Donkey Kosh’ and ‘My Best Dress’, and can be listened to through the Youtube links below.
Florence Welch announced that the special edition will be available on August 16. The release includes a number of their hits, such as ‘Dog Days Are Over’, ‘Shake It Out’, and ‘You’ve Got The Love’, as well as an acoustic version of ‘My Boy Builds Coffins’, and a cover of ‘Oh Darling’, a live performance from the infamous Abbey Road.
To celebrate the 10 year anniversary of Lungs, Florence + The Machine will release an anniversary edition on colour LP, cassette, and as an exclusive double vinyl box set.
Box set design by Brian Roettinger, feat unseen photography by tom beard pic.twitter.com/LxyH7RxeSu
— florence welch (@florencemachine) July 3, 2019
In 2009, ‘Lungs’ reached a peak 26th place in the NME’s 50 best albums of 2009.
Lungs spent 89 weeks in the UK top 40, and would go on to be shortlisted for that year’s Mercury Prize, before winning Best British Album of the Year at the Brit Awards 2010.
Florence + The Machine have been confirmed among a number of other artists including The National and Robbie Williams, for an appearance at British Summer Time 2019 in Hyde Park, and later in the year will be playing in Edinburgh, Newquay and Ireland, concluding their touring in Athens, Greece.
Recently, in an interview with The Evening Standard, Florence Welch opened up about her fears of touring, and of how her life has been made “exponentially better” in going sober. The ‘Spectrum’ singer said, “I’m grateful that I was able to get sober away from the public eye. Most of the things in my life have got exponentially better from not drinking, but it’s lonely being sober on big tours. But really it’s the people at the shows that save me.”
She also touched upon her usage of social media as an artist. “I have to be really careful, especially when I’m lonely on tour, and you think that it’s going to help you feel less lonely. The ‘compare and despair’ thing is really difficult, and also the sense that you have to solidify your identity every day”.