The first time I heard this song was half-snatched through a nearby undergrad’s too-loud headphones as he watched the video on YouTube. I ducked out of my grad school class and used the bathroom wifi to look it up and listen to it in full. It was the first song of Florence + The Machine I’d heard, and it is still my favorite song of hers. It makes you feel like the caged animal you are; like if you howled there’d be other animals in other cages howling along with you.
But this version! Orchestral. Chills! It started autoplaying by accident after a remix of Spectrum. This link is cut to Drumming Song but YT has the whole concert. A full hour! From Ceremonials, too. Which I still love best as an album. I cannot be tempted with intimacy and lower production values. One has plenty of lonely hours to acquaint oneself with the finely-honed edges of life. Scream it, lady, loud and clear. We can be quiet later.
Like the rest of our goddamn lives.