Originally written for the last Florence + The Machine album High as Hope, Light of Love never made the final cut, but Florence Welsh has decided to release it now, with all proceeds going to The Intensive Care Society Covid-19 fund Florence welcomes fans to make a donation if they are in a position to do.
The track is a thing of beauty, her vocal in this light and angelic, as it starts small, Welsh cocooned with her vocal and a piano before it gradually opens out displaying its true beauty, with strings, echoey synths, steel guitar and chorus all bleeding into the track, until it stands proud and glittering in from of you.
Florence says “’Light Of Love’ never made the record but I thought it would be nice to share it with the fans at this time of uncertainty, and could be a good way to raise awareness for the Intensive Care Society COVID-19 Fund. And to show my love, respect and admiration to all those working on the front line of this crisis.
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.”
Intensive Care Society is a charity which supports the incredible intensive care doctors, nurses and allied health professionals who are treating and looking after the sickest of patients, who are putting themselves at risk whilst working under immense pressure. This organisation are using any donations to fund mental health support for the professionals, patients and relatives affected by Covid 19, including the distribution of morale boosting wellbeing packages, food and essentials to Intensive Care Units, and providing support to the patients who survive and for relatives of those who have lost their lives.
You can find out more about Intensive Care Society HERE