Florence + the Machine Release ‘King’ Single

Watch a video for the track directed by Autumn de Wilde.

By Scott Bernstein Feb 23, 2022 8:38 am PST

Florence + The Machine return with “King,” a new single that arrived today. “King” was accompanied by a video from renowned director/photographer Autumn de Wilde.

“As an artist, I never actually thought about my gender that much,” frontwoman Florence Welch said in a statement about the track. “I just got on with it. I was as good as the men and I just went out there and matched them every time. But now, thinking about being a woman in my 30s and the future, I suddenly feel this tearing of my identity and my desires. That to be a performer, but also to want a family might not be as simple for me as it is for my male counterparts. I had modelled myself almost exclusively on male performers, and for the first time I felt a wall come down between me and my idols as I have to make decisions they did not.”

“King” marks the first new music from Florence + the Machine since “Call Me Cruella,” a song featured on the soundtrack for the 2021 Disney film Cruella. The band’s last studio album was 2018’s High As Hope.

Watch Autumn de Wilde’s video for Florence + the Machine’s “King” below:

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