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Florence Welch finds the thought of drowning 'romantic'

The flame-haired frontwoman of Florence and the Machine has revealed that her new album, 'Ceremonials', was inspired by her obsession with drowning. 

Welch explained to the NME that her brand new record is about "succumbing and being completely overwhelmed by something that's bigger than everything" and the theme was motivated by her intense experiences of young love:

"I think it comes from being in love for the first time. Like totally and utterly in love. Like first, 17-year-old love. I remember falling in love with this boy and having the first glimpse he might like me too."

"I had to go on a family holiday for two weeks. I spent the entire time sat at the bottom of the swimming pool screaming at the top of my voice. I just wanted to be somewhere that completely encapsulated me, where I could just thrash and scream."

Referring specifically to her haunting version of 'What The Water Gave Me', she added that there's a certain calm that echoes in the lyrics that's born from how the song deals with the concept of drowning:

"It's so powerful, that thing of weighing yourself down with stones. It's idyllic in one way and horrifying in another."

"That's the thing about drowning, it's not violent in a way that some other ways of dying are. It's like letting something wash over you. I think there's romance in it," she added. 

'Ceremonials' is due to be released in the UK on October 28 and you can watch her video for 'What The Water Gave Me' below: