Ones to Watch: Florence And The Machine

The host of Independent Music Radio introduces rising stars
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A strong performance at Steve Lamacq’s stage at the SXSW festival was my personal introduction to London’s Florence Welch, whose “machine”, in that instance, turned out to be simply a rather low-key guitarist.

Yet, even given that rather more high-profile figures such as Lightspeed Champion have been known to appear in the role, the star of the show is most definitely Florence – and most specifically Florence’s voice, which combines a definite debt to the blues with an idiosyncrasy reminiscent of Björk or Kate Bush.

She’s not in that league yet, but a reported record label bidding war suggests big things are predicted.

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