Looks like Florence + the Machine are having a throwback moment! Their new single has all the trappings of their 2015 album, How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful, and we have to stan. After exploring a more subdued sound for last year’s High as Hope, “Moderation” feels like a small but purposeful step back into the dramatic sound of their past. Vocalist and namesake Florence Welch hasn’t sounded this confident in years.
“Want me to love you in moderation? Do I look moderate to you?” The song starts out strong and (thankfully!) never loses its momentum. Welch demands answers upfront, waiting for the subject of her fury to explain “who do [they] think [they’re] talking to?” Her biting delivery and ghostly background vocals mixed with the insistent piano and drum give the track the religious-like quality that the band has been severely lacking in their recent output; scrapping what drew listeners in at the turn of the decade alienated some of the masses, but “Moderation” is a marvelous return to form for the band. Although I hope this is the direction they maintain for the next record, I know I’ll come crawling back for more, regardless.