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Florence Welch: 'Neil Young thought I was a male artist'

Songstress Florence Welch has revealed that when she met Neil Young at his annual Bridge School Benefit last year, she was surprised to learn that he thought she was a male artist because of her unique vocal style. 

Speaking to the Rolling Stone, the 'Dog Days Are Over' hitmaker explained that Young assumed she was a man who went by the name Florence:

"He said that when he first heard my record, he thought that I was a man with a high voice. He was like, 'I live in the mountains. I don't know much media. I just thought you were a man called Florence'. I was like, 'Hey, that's pretty punk!'"

Welch told Zane Lowe recently that her musical hiatus was much needed because she made the band's previous two records back to back: "'Ceremonials' and 'Lungs' all blurred together, we didn't take any time off. It was a decision to have a year off. In the year off, I was still going out and going to events but something wasn't quite right, I was spiralling a bit. I wasn't making myself happy. I wasn't stable." 

The flame-haired singer went onto add: "It was a really vulnerable time for me when we first started making the record and because of that it's the most personal record I've ever made."

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