Florence + The Machine’s “Wish That You Were Here” Is Your New Lovelorn Anthem

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The singer teams up with Tim Burton

In need of a euphoric, emotional dance party? Florence + the Machine has created the perfect track for it, with a sonorous new song off the soundtrack for Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. “Wish That You Were Here” is the ebullient track that’s full of enough love, hope, and sadness to capture a kaleidoscopic range of feelings—and the soaring instrumentals to translate them into something beautiful.

Florence Welch has a penchant for creating anthems—songs that reach deep into your core and pull out some piece of humanity that seems to hide, burrowed away in everyday life. She creates music that weaves together all the different angles and nuances of human emotion, rendering them into songs that explode into almost Bacchic celebration. “Wish That You Were Here” takes the same cathartic crash of percussion that made “Shake It Off” an instant hit and combines it with the ethereal peals of harps found in “Cosmic Love.” To put it simply, it’s a mesh of everything that makes the English singer so great.

Welch collaborated with Tim Burton when penning the wistful track, and it’s set to play durning the credits of Miss Peregrine’s Home, which arrives in theaters September 30.

"Having been on tour, I've lived in a sort of magical time bubble, where the days almost blend together. It's amazing, but it comes at a cost—a cost of leaving the people you love behind for a year or two," Welch said of the track. "You kind of feel like if you could sing a song into the wind, maybe the wind could take it to them in a way that you can't with a text or a call.”

Lesson learned: When you can’t articulate your thoughts and feelings into words, say them with a Florence + the Machine song.

Cara Delevingne, Ashley Benson, and Agyness Deyn also star

Elisabeth Moss is trying to keep it together as punk rock artist Becky Something in the trailer for forthcoming movie Her Smell. She's surrounded by iconic faces who make up her band Something She, Gayle Rankin as Ali van der Wolff and Agyness Deyn as Marielle Hell, as she grapples with the fact that her musical prowess just doesn't draw as big a crowd as it used to.

In addition to the wavering fame, Becky is "grappling with motherhood, exhausted bandmates, nervous record company executives, and a new generation of rising talent eager to usurp her stardom," according to a press release. "When Becky's chaos and excesses derail a recording session and national tour, she finds herself shunned, isolated and alone. Forced to get sober, temper her demons, and reckon with the past, she retreats from the spotlight and tries to recapture the creative inspiration that led her band to success." And what's clear from the trailer, Moss is absolutely meant for this role, transforming into the punk on the brink of collapse.

Rounding out the cast are Ashley Benson, Cara Delevingne, and Dan Stevens. Watch the official trailer, below. Her Smell hits theaters on April 12 in New York and 14 in L.A., with "national expansion to follow."




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In an acceptance speech at the BRIT Awards

As The 1975 accepted the BRIT Award for Best British group, outspoken frontman Matty Healy shared the words of journalist Laura Snapes as a way of calling out misogyny that remains ever-present in the music industry. Healy lifted a powerful quote from Snapes' coverage of allegations against Ryan Adams for The Guardian: "Male misogynist acts are examined for nuance and defended as traits of 'difficult' artists, [while] women and those who call them out are treated as hysterics who don't understand art."

Snapes reacted almost immediately on Twitter, saying she was "gobsmacked, and honoured that he'd use his platform to make this statement." Snapes had originally written the line for an interview she published with Sun Kil Moon singer Mark Kozelek back in 2015, in response to Kozelek publicly calling her a "bitch" who "totally wants to have my babies" because she requested to speak in person rather than via e-mail, which she brought up in the more recent piece on Adams. Kozelek's vile response, and the misogyny that allowed it to play out without real consequences, it could be argued, could have easily played out in the same way in 2019, which makes her reiteration of the line, and Healy's quoting it on such a large platform, all the more important.

It should be noted that back in December, Healy caught a bit of heat himself on Twitter for an interview with The Fader in which he insinuated that misogyny was an issue exclusive to hip-hop, and that rock 'n' roll had freed itself of it. He clarified at length on Twitter and apologized, saying, "I kinda forget that I'm not very educated on feminism and misogyny and I cant just 'figure stuff out' in public and end up trivializing the complexities of such enormous, experienced issues."