Cosmic Love

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"Cosmic Love"
Single by Florence + the Machine
from the album Lungs
Released 5 July 2010
Format Digital download, CD single, 7" vinyl
Genre Baroque pop, art rock, soul
Length 4:15
Label Universal Island, Moshi Moshi, IAMSOUND
Writer(s) Florence Welch, Isabella Summers
Producer(s) Paul Epworth
Florence + the Machine singles chronology
"Dog Days Are Over"
(re-release)
(2010)
"Cosmic Love"
(2010)
"Heavy in Your Arms"
(2010)
Lungs track listing
  1. "Dog Days Are Over"
  2. "Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up)"
  3. "I'm Not Calling You a Liar"
  4. "Howl"
  5. "Kiss with a Fist"
  6. "Girl with One Eye"
  7. "Drumming Song"
  8. "Between Two Lungs"
  9. "Cosmic Love"
  10. "My Boy Builds Coffins"
  11. "Hurricane Drunk"
  12. "Blinding"
  13. "You've Got the Love"

"Cosmic Love" is a song by Florence and the Machine, and the sixth (seventh, counting the re-release of "Dog Days Are Over") single from the album Lungs. The single was released through Moshi Moshi Records on 5 July 2010 in the UK.

Background and recording[edit]

Florence elaborated on the writing of the song:

'Cosmic Love' was a joke title, but it stuck. The most hungover I’ve ever been when writing a song. I went to [Isabella Summers's] studio after having been to a party, and I was lying on the floor wanting to vomit. We were working really hard on a song and just trying to make this shit piano part work, and all of a sudden I hit on one note, and I’d got it. We wrote the whole song in ten minutes.[1]

Critical reception[edit]

"Cosmic Love" has been widely praised, with many reviews calling it the best track on the album. Pitchfork Media says the song is "audaciously huge" and one of the album's "finest" tracks, alongside "Blinding".[2]

Music video[edit]

A promotional music video for the song was shot on 24 March 2010. Welch's manager Mairead Nash described it as "amazing."[3] The video was debuted on the band's official website on 11 May 2010.[4]

The music video begins with a shot of a lightbulb flashing. Welch is then seen to walk through some trees with autumn leaves, and a light falls into her eye, making her scream. The video then moves on to show Welch lying on the floor in a black outfit, in a mirrored room filled with different coloured lights around her. She then stands up and dances in the room. The video then moves back to Florence walking through the autumn leaves, with blue, green and purple lighting shining on her, and she appears to be lost as she is surveying her surroundings. The scene of Welch in the room of lights then changes to darker lighting, and her outfit changes into a white dress with lights. Later in the song, during this scene, leaves are seen to surround her as she is dancing. The video ends with Florence taking the light from inside her chest, and releasing it into the air, and it floats into the lightbulb which started the video.

Track listing[edit]

UK 7" Vinyl Single
  1. "Cosmic Love" - 4:20
  2. "Cosmic Love" (Isa Machine, Russ Fawcus and Lexxx Remix) — 3:54
Digital Download
  1. "Cosmic Love" - 4:20
  2. "Cosmic Love" (Short Club Remix) — 7:26
  3. "Cosmic Love" (Isa Machine, Russ Fawcus and Lexxx Remix) — 3:54
  4. "Cosmic Love" (Seven Lions Remix) - 4.36
  5. "Cosmic Love" (P.E.S.T Remix) - 5.44

Chart performance[edit]

"Cosmic Love" debuted on the UK Singles Chart at number 162 on 26 June 2010 before climbing to number 116 the following week. On 11 July 2010, following the physical release of the single, it rocketed into the Top 100 at number 51, giving Florence her seventh Top 100 hit from the album Lungs. "Cosmic Love" is Florence's second least successful single in the UK charts behind "Drumming Song", along with "Kiss with a Fist", which also peaked at number 51. Conversely, the song is Florence and the Machine's highest charting song in Ireland, as due to high digital sales it charted at number 3 there, almost a year before its physical release after it was featured in an advert for The O2 in Dublin. The song was also featured on the Season 2 Promo of The Vampire Diaries. The song was also used in season 1 of the TV show Nikita in the episode titled, "Covenants". It was featured in season 4 of Gossip Girl where Florence herself performed the song in the episode entitled, "Panic Roommates." The song was used in Grey's Anatomy season 6, episode 11. Also it was featured in ABC's series 'V'.

Chart (2009/2010) Peak
position
Belgium (Ultratip Flanders)[5] 5
Ireland (IRMA)[6] 3
Polish Singles Chart[7] 5
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[8] 51

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Official Website | News | Gigs | Music | Blogs - News". Florence And The Machine. Retrieved 2012-02-10. 
  2. ^ "Florence and the Machine: Lungs | Album Reviews". Pitchfork. 2009-08-13. Retrieved 2012-02-10. 
  3. ^ "Oh No They Didn'T! - Florence Is Making A Video". Community.livejournal.com. 2010-03-24. Retrieved 2012-02-10. 
  4. ^ "Official Website | News | Gigs | Music | Blogs - Video". Florence And The Machine. Retrieved 2012-02-10. 
  5. ^ "Ultratop.be – Florence + The Machine – Cosmic Love" (in Dutch). Ultratip.
  6. ^ "Chart Track". Irish Singles Chart.
  7. ^ "Polish Singles Chart |". 
  8. ^ "Archive Chart" UK Singles Chart.

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