After teasing its release on the band’s social media, Florence + The Machine have released a surprise new single entitled 'King'.
It's the first slice of new music from the band, fronted by Florence Welch, in almost two years.
The song hears Welch grappling with the idea of gender as she repeatedly declares “I am no mother, I am no bride – I am king”.
Speaking recently about the new release Welch said: “As an artist, I never actually thought about my gender that much. I just got on with it.
“I was as good as the men and I just went out there and matched them every time.
“But now, thinking about being a woman in my 30s and the future… I suddenly feel this tearing of my identity and my desires.
“That to be a performer, but also to want a family might not be as simple for me as it is for my male counterparts.
“I had modelled myself almost exclusively on male performers, and for the first time I felt a wall come down between me and my idols as I have to make decisions they did not.”
In April 2021, the band announced that they would be writing the music and lyrics for a stage adaptation of F Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, which is set to appear on Broadway.