Florence + The Machine tend to be a barnstorming live act, and a huge one. When I saw Florence Welch at Coachella earlier this year, she damn near had an orchestra behind her, and she needs a whole lot of personnel to conjure the grand, operatic sound of her records. But last night on Colbert, she did things differently. She performed with only three musicians behind her: an acoustic guitarist, a keyboardist, and a harpist. And she sang a version of “What Kind Of Man,” one of the singles from her new How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful, that stripped away all that song’s bombast. It left all the emphasis on her voice, which is colossal. And since the record has been out for a few months now, it was cool to hear a new, different version of the song. Also, shout out to the lighting people at Colbert, who know how to make a performance that much more dramatic. Check it out below.
How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful is out now on Republic.