Florence + The Machine Just Threw Major Shade at Religion... We Think?
We all have a hunger.
We all have that one friend who just might be a little bit racist.
They are perfectly fine people, but every so often they seem to let slip, a little too nonchalantly, a questionable comment. You know, the friend who tweets "i don't know maybe black people should be proud they built this country". The friend who runs a website and approves an article like this. It's exceedingly hard to tell what these people are up to.
And this is somewhat the case with Florence + The Machine's newest music video, Hunger, except we sort of get the feeling that meteoric frontwoman Florence Welch just might hate religion instead. It's hard to tell, but you can judge for yourself below.
The statue, with its punctured palms and side, is clearly Jesus. The lyrics and the introspective patrons both seem to suggest that Jesus/God/Love resonates with us all on a very fundamental and human level. We truly appreciate it. We crave what it means to us. We all have a hunger.
Of course, people start to go all mother! on the installment, using it for different purposes, experiencing it differently, interpreting it differently. The video makes the case that people perceive the one Truth, the one God, the truth behind Love, differently.
In Florence's case, she feels like self-love is a wonderful way to experience this Truth. The tribal battle cry of the chorus and marching drumline throughout accentuate her declaration of what Love is: Dressing freely on a Friday night despite the prudent haters, not starving yourself like she did when she was seventeen, being confident, making a "fool out of death with your beauty", and more.
Aside from the pluralistic undertones, the video really puts the nail on religion's coffin with that final shot of the statue in the desert. The Jesus statue turned into something natural and beautiful, left alone to flourish wonderfully in the middle of the desert, away from people's meddling. As it should be, the video practically says.
The bottom line? Jesus is a great symbol for Love, yet everyone experiences and interprets Love differently. Rather than hold to this close-but-ultimately-harmful man-made idol, let Love flourish naturally and boldly, and let it flourish naturally through you.
So while there are some nice parts to the message, and while we still really dig the song, and while her voice is sounding better than ever, we think Florence just threw some major shade at Christianity. Her relationship with religion has been a point of conversation for several years now, but religion has been relatively un-crapped-upon for the past couple of years since politics/Trump took over the public consciousness. We will see if this song, and her fifth studio album High as Hope, revives the conversation around religion as it approaches release this June 29. What do you think?