Florence + The Machine came out with three new songs for the video game series “Final Fantasy” this past Friday (August 12). All three of these songs possess their own unique beauty. Her first song, “Too Much is Never Enough,” begins with a subtle harp and flute duo until Florence’s powerful, yet calming voice reverberates throughout. Florence crescendos into the chorus, which is bound to give any listener the chills. The chorus’s simple, catchy melody reminds us of the Latin phrase: “Carpe Diem.” There really isn’t much time in our lives, with our loved ones, and Florence struggles in this song to make enough time for those she loves. Florence’s voice has an immeasurable amount of beauty that always leaves the listener with intense emotions. This song is a true example of that.
The next song is Florence + The Machine’s own rendition of Ben E. King’s “Stand by Me.” We are once again greeted by a harp playing the classic melody. Florence’s voice echoes through the dreamlike harp and strings. The orchestra sways through the famous melody and eventually tightens up into staccatos as Florence’s thunderous voice roars through the second chorus taking us out of the dreamlike state, waking us up. Florence + The Machine created a fantastic and unique remake of an already amazing song.
The last song, “I Will Be,” is my personal favorite. This song is much more instrumental than the other two, but Florence’s voice floats above the instruments perfectly. This song touches every bone, muscle, and nerve in the body. The strings pluck their way up and down in a steady motion while the harp periodically glides over. The best way to listen and describe this song is to close your eyes and imagine yourself on a cloud that takes you upward into the heavens as the song moves along. The ending builds and builds as the cloud takes you higher and higher until the timpani drum rumbles and comes to an abrupt stop right at the gates of heaven. This song is truly magical, and evokes an amazing peacefulness in the body and soul.
Thank you, Florence + The Machine, for three amazing songs.