In the summer of 2009, Florence Welch’s soulful contralto vocals could be heard seemingly everywhere. Her band, Florence + The Machine, released their rousing debut studio album Lungs via Island Records exactly ten years ago today.
It spawned the singles “Dog Days Are Over,” and “You’ve Got The Love,” which impressed the band’s native indie-rock community and then broke into the mainstream.
Since then, Florence + The Machine have released several chart-topping LPs, 2011’s Ceremonials, 2015’s How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful and 2018’s High As Hope.
On Tuesday, Welch and her bandmates announced that they would re-release Lungs on Aug. 16 and shared two rare tracks from that era.
The band’s signature baroque-pop and alt-rock-infused sound can be heard in both of the new demos that double as singles, “Donkey Kosh” and “My Best Dress.” They are now available on streaming services.
Lungs (10th Anniversary Edition) will be available both digitally and in physical format. A special burgundy LP will be available next month.
There will also be a cloth-bound deluxe box set which includes the original album on pink vinyl and a record of unheard bonus material curated by Welch.
This material will include three unreleased demo tracks, a rare acoustic version of “My Boy Builds Coffins” and a cover of “Oh! Darling” live at Abbey Road. Within the box, postcards and inserts will showcase unseen images of Welch taken by London-based photographer Tom Beard.
Listen to “Donkey Kosh” and “My Best Dress,” below, and check out the Lungs re-release album art and tracklist further down.
Lungs (10th Anniversary Edition) Album Art and Components:
Lungs (10th Anniversary Edition) Tracklist:
01. Dog Days Are Over
02. Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up)
03. I’m Not Calling You A Liar
05. Kiss With A Fist
06. Girl With One Eye
07. Drumming Song
08. Between Two Lungs
09. Cosmic Love
10. My Boy Builds Coffins
11. Hurricane Drunk
13. You’ve Got The Love
14. Bird Song
15. My Boy Builds Coffins (Acoustic)
16. My Best Dress (Demo)
17. Donkey Kosh (Demo)
18. Hospital Beds
20. Ghosts (Demo)
21. Postcards from Italy (Demo)
23. Are You Hurting The One You Love?
24. Oh! Darling (Live at Abbey Road)