Fronted by the ethereal and eccentric Florence Welch, Florence and the Machine were formed in London, in 2007. Their first album, Lungs, was released two years later and found its way to the top slot, in 2010. Since then, the band has gone on to become one of the most acclaimed acts of the Noughties.
The Machine part of the outfit is influenced by art-rock and soul artists. However, with her tough-yet-vulnerable delivery, it tends to be Welch that garners most of the attention. In her time in the public eye, she has drawn comparisons with the likes of Kate Bush, Siouxie Sioux and Bjork.
Lyrically, she seems happy to wear her heart, pain and hopes on her sleeve. Songs, such as High as Hope, Moderation and Ship To Wreck deal with themes such as mental health, addiction and failed love, with disarming honesty and powerful vocal delivery.