Single Review: Florence + The Machine – Light of Love
Emily Pirie reviews Florence and the Machine’s latest single.
For those of you who could not get enough of Florence + The Machine’s 2018 album, High As Hope, you are in luck. For Florence Welch has just released an unreleased song: Light of Love. Upon the release of the song, Welch declared “I will be donating all of my income from this song to the Intensive Care Society” who are working amazingly during the COVID-19 outbreak.
we must look after one another and face reality, even if it seems hard.
Yet again, Welch has provided a light of hope in a world that currently seems incredibly uncertain. She shows that hiding from the world and its sadness is simply a way of numbing the pain. Instead, she urges herself to ‘not look away’ for ‘In every one of us shines the light of love’. This message resonates today especially, when it seems much easier to disregard the news and our bleak reality. However, Welch urges that confronting that reality, and working together is the best way to not only survive but spread love too.
Unlike songs like Dog Days are Over and You’ve Got the Love which build upwards from small beginnings, the upward movement of Light of Love is more minimal. It is a gentle ballad that slowly grows in volume as backing singers join in. The backing singer’s repetition of ‘I must not look way’ reinforces the idea that we must look after one another and face reality, even if it seems hard.