Seems like just yesterday Florence + the Machine were dominating the airwaves with “Dog Days are Over,” their smash hit from 2009′s Lungs. Actually, chances are, it was just yesterday, as the song’s become a rock radio/chain restaurant staple over the last eight months. But as the summer sun starts to fade out, Florence Welch has signaled that maybe the dog days really are behind us with the announcement of her as-of-now untitled sophomore album, due worldwide Nov. 7. The first single’s out today as well.
“What the Water Gave Me” doesn’t change the Flo formula up too much — there’s still the dark, orchestral vibe that lined most of Lungs, with Welch’s voice doing its Kate Bush-ian thing mostly, but she’s also coupled with a small male choir and a harp. Though it lacks the initial punch of “Dog Days,” the tempo kicks it up at around the 3:30 mark, and the song finishes off in climatic, moaning fashion. It’s like she never left. [Listen to "What the Water Gave Me" here.]