Realising I do have these two extreme sides in my character. One side is quiet and nurturing and calm, then I have a very self-destructive, chaotic, impulsive side. They contradict each other and I guess the album was a way of trying to make sense of that and bring things back together.
— Florence Welch talks about “How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful”
“I’m terrified of death. There’s a lot that’s heavenly, hellish, pagan and reverential in my music, but the truth is that I think death is probably endless nothingness, disappearing into the void. And I don’t want that. The world is so exciting and vibrant.”