30 Days of Music: What is your favorite song right now?

I’m usually a very decisive person (HA!, yeah right) so the fact that I couldn’t pick just one song for my first question shouldn’t be a surprise. I put a positive spin on it and decided that instead of hemming and hawing, I’d just take the opportunity to share not one, but three, awesome songs with you all.

The first is “What The Water Gave Me” off Florence + The Machine’s new album, “Ceremonials,” which was just released on Halloween. Florence Welch’s voice is like liquid gold, and her fiery red tresses would make even Ariel jealous. I know I am.

Song number two is “Punching In a Dream” by The Naked and Famous, an indie band from New Zealand. Just watch the video, it will make complete sense.

Not to be cliche, but I saved the best for last. As someone who was obsessed with Mumford & Sons as soon as their debut album dropped in February 2010 (long before they played the Grammys with Dylan, ahem), I obviously let out a fangirl squeal when I heard their new song today. “Ghosts” or “Ghosts That We Knew” (apparently they haven’t quite nailed down the title yet) will be featured on the band’s new album, which will be released in the next few months. The sooner the better, I say, because this band is proof that good music still exists. Click play, get goosebumps, fall into a trance, repeat. Click here to give it a listen.

Check back in the next few days for challenge number two: the song that was number one when yours truly was born (waaaaay back in the ’90s).

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3 reasons why I love Florence + the Machine

In no particular order:

  1. Florence Welch has a beautiful voice. Finding someone who can actually sing in a sea of cookie-cutter, mass-produced “musicians” is both rare and refreshing.
  2. Her hair is fabulous.
  3. The recently released video for “Shake It Up”is lovely, and can be viewed below:

Florence + the Machine’s sophomore album, “Ceremonials,” is slated for a Halloween release.

Florence + The Machine: “Ceremonies”

Although it didn’t gain popularity until last year, Florence + The Machine’s first album, “Lungs,” actually debuted in 2009. So it’s about time for a sophomore album!

“Ceremonies” will be released on Nov. 15, and if these two songs are any indication, it is going to be nothing short of spectacular. I’ll allow the songs to speak for themselves:

The only problem is that I can’t decide which new track I like more. Any way you look at it, Florence Welch has a hauntingly beautiful voice that is decisively different from anything else out there in the “music” world today.