Cosmic Love

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"Cosmic Love"
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Single by Florence and the Machine
from the album Lungs
Released 5 July 2010 (2010-07-05) (United Kingdom)
Format
Recorded 2009
Genre
Length 4:15
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s) Paul Epworth
Florence and the Machine singles chronology
"Dog Days Are Over"
(2010)
"Cosmic Love"
(2010)
"Heavy in Your Arms"
(2010)
"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"
Music video
"Cosmic Love" on YouTube

"Cosmic Love" is a song by English indie rock band Florence and the Machine from their debut studio album Lungs (2009). The song was written by the band's lead singer Florence Welch and keyboardist Isabella Summers, and produced by Paul Epworth, with additional production from Summers.

"Cosmic Love" was released as the sixth (seventh, counting the re-release of "Dog Days Are Over") and final single from Lungs on 5 July 2010. The song was critically acclaimed, with many critics calling it the best song on the album, and was certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America.

Background and writing[edit]

Lead singer Florence Welch 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 sh*t 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.[2]

Welch told The Sunday Times that it's a song about how being in love means "you give yourself up to the dark, to being blind".

Critical reception[edit]

"Cosmic Love" has been widely praised by music critics, with many critics calling it the best song on the album. Pitchfork Media says the song is "audaciously huge" and one of the album's "finest" tracks, alongside "Blinding".[3]

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.

Music video[edit]

A promotional music video was shot on 24 March 2010. Welch's manager Mairead Nash described it as "amazing."[4] The video was debuted on the band's official website on 11 May 2010.[5]

Synopsis[edit]

The video begins with a shot of a lightbulb flashing. Lead singer Florence 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 and formats[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

Charts[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Florence and the Machine - 'Cosmic Love'". BBC. Retrieved 4 May 2016. 
  2. ^ "Official Website | News | Gigs | Music | Blogs - News". Florence And The Machine. Archived from the original on 28 May 2013. Retrieved 10 February 2012. 
  3. ^ "Florence and the Machine: Lungs | Album Reviews". Pitchfork. 2009-08-13. Retrieved 2012-02-10. 
  4. ^ "Oh No They Didn'T! - Florence Is Making A Video". Community.livejournal.com. 24 March 2010. Archived from the original on 29 March 2010. Retrieved 10 February 2012. 
  5. ^ "Official Website | News | Gigs | Music | Blogs - Video". Florence And The Machine. Archived from the original on 7 February 2012. Retrieved 10 February 2012. 
  6. ^ "Ultratop.be – Florence + The Machine – Cosmic Love" (in Dutch). Ultratip.
  7. ^ "Chart Track: Week 28, 2009". Irish Singles Chart.
  8. ^ "Polish Singles Chart |". 
  9. ^ http://www.officialcharts.com/charts/scottish-singles-chart/20100717/41
  10. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company.
  11. ^ "Gold & Platinum Searchable Database - December 28, 2014". RIAA. Retrieved December 28, 2014. 

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