Originally recorded as part of Florence + the Machine’s last album High As Hope, Florence Welch has dropped previously unreleased song “Light of Love” as a soothing sonic balm for over-anxious hearts.
Amidst the lockdown, the track is a beautiful distraction, worth many replays. With a calming acoustic instrumental, the lull of Welch’s soft vocals and a high point of soaring orchestral hums at its climax, “Light of Love” was aptly described by the singer as a “little token of her love,” as she dropped it on Instagram.
Describing the message of the track, Welch said, “The song is about the world coming at you so fast and you feel like you won’t survive it, but in actually bearing witness to the world as it is, it’s really the only place you can be of service.
I found so many ways to numb myself out, to hide from the world, and although waking up from that was painful, it’s never been more important not to look away, to keep an open heart even if it hurts, and to find ways to keep showing up for the people that need you. Even from a distance.”
On the uplifting offering, Welch reminds us that we’re all together in lives’ hardships and that no one is alone in their darkness,as she croons, “Don’t go blindly into the dark/ In every one of us shines the light of love/ And now we are awake and it seems too much to take/I want to close my eyes because I fear my heart will break.”
Fitting for a song about love and togetherness, Welch has also revealed that she will be donating all proceeds from this song to the Covid-19 relief fund, The Intensive Care Society, and welcomes fans to make a donation if they are in a position to do so.
You can donate here if possible, and if not, simply let yourself be swaddled in the warmth and serenity that “Light Of Love” bestows upon you.