Earlier this month British group Florence + the Machine stopped into Philadelphia for a gig at Camden’s Susquehanna Bank Center. Prior to that show Florence Welch and Co. stopped by Philadelphia’s Radio 104.5 for an acoustic studio session. The band played stripped down performances of three tracks from their second album, Ceremonials: “Spectrum (Say My Name,” “What The Water Gave Me,” and “Shake It Out.” Welch also briefly discussed her adventures in Philadelphia the previous evening and her comedic spot on NBC’s Late Night With Jimmy Fallon.
As was the case in her acoustic album that was released earlier this year, MTV Presents Unplugged: Florence + the Machine, Welch’s voice dominates these songs in their stripped down format. When the layers of percussion that have become such a signature part of her music are not present, however, her music feels like it is missing something very crucial. The overwhelming power of her voice does help to fill that void and is one of the most enjoyable parts of these sessions as she continues to deliver her very singular style of music. Below is a clip of Welch singing the unplugged cut of “Shake It Out,” click here for a link to the session in itsentirety: