“This is the finale of a very personal project that came from a conversation me and Vince had in the Chateau Marmont about a year and a half ago while I was writing How Big How Blue How Beautiful,” says Florence Welch. “I was talking to him about the record and the car crash of a relationship break up I was going through. The highs and the lows of love and performance, how out of control I felt, the purgatory of heartbreak, and how I was trying to change and trying to be free. And we decided we would re-tell this story in full.
We would re-claim this experience, re-imagine it and in some way perhaps I would come to understand it, to exorcise it. And so the Big Blue Odyssey began…”
Following its premiere streaming in full Sunday, Florence Welch and director Vincent Haycock debut their short film The Odyssey today exclusively on florenceandthemachine.net/. In addition, the film’s final chapter premieres today, watch it here.
The Odyssey, created for Florence + the Machine’s new album How Big How Blue How Beautifuland starring Florence, premiered last week at London’s Rio Cinema and will screen in New York in May. A Q&A with Welch and Haycock will follow the screening.
The Odyssey unites each of the visual film segments created for How Big How Blue How Beautiful—“What Kind Of Man,” “How Big How Blue How Beautiful,” “St. Jude,” “Ship To Wreck,” “Queen Of Peace” and “Delilah,” as well as the final installment for “Third Eye”—into a 40-minute, cohesive short film complete with new, connecting scenes.
Florence and Vincent answered fan questions in a Facebook Q&A following Sunday’s debut, hosted by celebrated music director A.G. Rojas, Haycock’s partner in art collective MAINLINE—watch it here.
“The Odyssey, like the epic poem by Homer, is a journey,” says Haycock. “It’s Florence’s personal journey to find herself again after the emotional storm of a heartbreak. Like the layers of Dante’s purgatory, each song or chapter represents a battle that Florence traversed and physical landscape that embodied each song or story. Its a metaphorical journey about escaping your demons, confronting yourself and returning to the original Florence, the dancer, the performer, the lover.”
Following a gigantic 2015, which saw the release of How Big How Blue How Beautiful, her first U.S. #1 album,Florence will tour with support from Grimes and Of Monsters And Men this summer. Dates include Brooklyn’s Barclays Center June 14 and 15, Chicago’s Hollywood Casino Amphitheater June 12, Boston’s Xfinity Center June 7 and many more. The tour kicks off May 13 in Miami.
FLORENCE + THE MACHINE LIVE
May 13 Miami, FL AmericanAirlines Arena*
May 14 Orlando, FL Amway Center*
May 17 Houston, TX Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion†
May 18 Dallas, TX American Airlines Center†
May 19 Austin, TX Austin360 Amphitheater†
May 24 Kansas City, KS KRBZ Cricket Wireless†
May 26 Denver, CO Pepsi Center†
June 2 Saint Paul, MN Xcel Energy Center†
June 4 Cleveland, OH Blossom Music Center‡
June 7 Boston, MA Xfinity Center‡
June 8 Montreal, QC Bell Centre‡ June 10 Toronto, ON Molson Canadian Amphitheatre‡ June 11 Detroit, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre‡
June 12 Chicago, IL Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre‡ June 14 New York, NY Barclays Center* June 15 New York, NY Barclays Center*
*with Anderson .Paak
‡with Of Monsters And Men