British Queen of Chamber Rock, Florence Welch of Florence + The Machine, is the newest rock royalty with headlining dates at this month’s Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival.
The saffron-locked siren was summoned by the producers of upcoming blockbuster hit, Snow White and the Hunstmen, to make a song called “Breath Of Life” based on the evil queen (played by Charlize Theron.)
Florence + The Machine also got to work with another type of Queen for her forthcoming MTV Unplugged performance: Josh Homme from Queens of the Stone Age. Welch and the mustachioed rocker did a stunning cover of the Johnny Cash and June Carter duet, “Jackson.”
Welch’s ethereal, opaque beauty plays off well with Homme’s dark, masculine swagger and Cash’s heavy song. Welch had to channel this esoteric quality when she wrote “Breath Of Life” for Snow White and the Huntsmen.
“The Queen is just this incredible character; so hungry for life but so dead inside. She’s sort of eternal, but inside there’s nothing. She’s kind of like charcoal or something,” Welch told MTV News on Thursday (March 29). “[There are] these amazing scenes where she’s kind of picking out birds’ hearts and eating them. [She has] this thirst for youth and for life, but for what kind of life? This darkness, but she’s so beautiful, so it’s this kind of juxtaposition between beauty and, ultimately, death.”
Florence + the Machine’s MTV Unplugged special airs on April 8 with the music from the performance available on iTunes and in stores after the performance.
-Nadio Nior, CBS Radio, Los Angeles