Song of the Day: Cosmic Love by Florence and the Machine

Cosmic Love by AndreLuizBarbosa

Cosmic Love” is a song by Florence and the Machine, and the sixth (seventh, counting the re-release of “Dog Days Are Over”) single from the album Lungs.

Lyrics:

A falling star fell from your heart and landed in my eyes
I screamed aloud, as it tore through them, and now it’s left me blind

The stars, the moon, they have all been blown out
You left me in the dark
No dawn, no day, I’m always in this twilight
In the shadow of your heart

And in the dark, I can hear your heartbeat
I tried to find the sound
But then it stopped, and I was in the darkness,
So darkness I became

The stars, the moon, they have all been blown out
You left me in the dark
No dawn, no day, I’m always in this twilight
In the shadow of your heart

I took the stars from our eyes, and then I made a map
And knew that somehow I could find my way back
Then I heard your heart beating, you were in the darkness too
So I stayed in the darkness with you

The stars, the moon, they have all been blown out
You left me in the dark
No dawn, no day, I’m always in this twilight
In the shadow of your heart

The stars, the moon, they have all been blown out
You left me in the dark
No dawn, no day, I’m always in this twilight
In the shadow of your heart

……

Florence elaborated on the writing of the song:

” ‘Cosmic Love’ was a joke title, but it stuck. The most hungover I’ve ever been when writing a song. I went to [Isabella Summers’s] studio after having been to a party, and I was lying on the floor wanting to vomit. We were working really hard on a song and just trying to make this shit piano part work, and all of a sudden I hit on one note, and I’d got it. We wrote the whole song in ten minutes.”

“Cosmic Love” has been widely praised, with many reviews calling it the best track on the album. Pitchfork Media says the song is “audaciously huge” and one of the album’s “finest” tracks, alongside “Blinding”.

“Cosmic Love” was used in Grey’s Anatomy,  The Vampire DiariesV,  Nikita and So You Think You Can Dance.

A promotional music video for the song was shot on 24 March 2010. Welch’s manager Mairead Nash described it as “amazing.” The video was debuted on the band’s official website on 11 May 2010.

The music video begins with a shot of a lightbulb flashing. Welch is then seen to walk through some trees with autumn leaves, and a light falls into her eye, making her scream. The video then moves on to show Welch lying on the floor in a black outfit, in a mirrored room filled with different coloured lights around her. She then stands up and dances in the room. The video then moves back to Florence walking through the autumn leaves, with blue, green and purple lighting shining on her, and she appears to be lost as she is surveying her surroundings. The scene of Welch in the room of lights then changes to darker lighting, and her outfit changes into a white dress with lights. Later in the song, during this scene, leaves are seen to surround her as she is dancing. The video ends with Florence taking the light from inside her chest, and releasing it into the air, and it floats into the lightbulb which started the video.

Florence and the Machine

Origin London, England
Genres Indie rock, indie pop, baroque pop, art rock, neo soul
Years active 2007–present
Labels Moshi Moshi, IAMSOUND, Island,Universal Republic, Republic
Associated acts Kid Harpoon, The xx, The Big Pink,Lightspeed Champion, The Horrors, The Weeknd, Calvin Harris, Dizzee Rascal, A$AP Rocky
Website florenceandthemachine.net
Members
Florence Welch
Robert Ackroyd
Christopher Lloyd Hayden
Isabella Summers
Tom Monger
Mark Saunders
Rusty Bradshaw

image by AndreLuizBarbosa

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