Florence Welch says she grew up in awe of the ocean's vastness, fantasizing about what might dwell in its depths. The 26-year-old singer from the British indie-pop band
"I kind of had these fantasies of Atlantis and of mermaids, and this idea that underwater, that's where everything must be," Welch says in a phone interview.
Her music resonates with those childhood daydreams, as in the song "Never Let Me Go," off the group's second album, "Ceremonials."
In Welch's booming contralto – which could blast
The gothic theme runs through most of Welch's music. Her lyrics weave mentions of devils and ghouls into otherwise romantic tunes, but she doesn't see a disconnect between the emotional and the grotesque.
After reading Emma Forrest's review of "Lungs," the band's first album, Welch hired the British writer to pen an essay for the liner notes of "Ceremonials." Forrest quotes Welch as saying, "I'm attracted to the idea of drowning," which the singer describes in "What the Water Gave Me," off "Ceremonials."
The singer explains her wonder with the ocean as a comforting thought from her childhood.
"I was a slightly uncomfortable child," she says, "and to be underwater was to be graceful and to be submerged in something that was neither good nor bad. It just kind of takes you under, away from something."
On tour, Welch says, she doesn't get to see the water much, so she welcomes the time she'll spend in South Florida for her concert at the BB&T Center in
"I've missed it. I'm actually looking forward to getting into Miami to see the sea," she says.
Although she recently purchased records by
"I'm quite disciplined when I'm on tour. So when I come home, it's like, 'Get me to the pub!' as soon as I'm off the plane," she says. "But then, I have to recover from home. So it's like, 'Please get me back on tour. I need some structure in my life.' "