What a day for damn near overwhelmingly strong new music. On the same day that brought us a surprise full-album drop from Phoebe Bridgers and Conor Oberst's new joint project Better Oblivion Community Center, Florence Welch came through with two new ones.
In addition to the Beats 1-premiered "Moderation," we also got B-side "Haunted House." Simian Mobile Disco's James Ford handled production on "Moderation," while Matthew Daniel Siskin helmed the intimate arrangement of "Haunted House." Previously, Ford contributed production to albums by Arctic Monkeys, Depeche Mode, and Gorillaz.
Last year, Florence and the Machine released the lauded High as Hope, featuring some co-production from Emile Haynie (Kid Cudi, Kanye West, etc.) on opener "June."
Toward the end of 2018, Welch joined Rolling Stone for a discussion that included a candid breakdown of the existential angst that often comes when creating or touring. "A lot of it happens on the move, 'cause I travel so much," she said at the time. "It's like looking out a window and thinking about when I'm really sad or feel bereft about something. I get a strange wave of existential angst. It's so big I have to call my mom and dad and be like, 'What does it all mean? I don't understand.' And they're actually so used to [me] now they're like, 'You need to lighten up.'"