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BBC Sound of 2009: Florence and the Machine

Fifteen of the best rising music stars have been announced as the longlist for the BBC's Sound of 2009.

FLORENCE AND THE MACHINE

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Florence and the Machine's single Dog Days Are Over

A quirky singer-songwriter in the grand tradition of Kate Bush, Bjork or PJ Harvey, Florence Welch makes music that is familiar, joyful and accessible while still uncompromising, fresh and eccentric.

Accompanied by a harp and scary clowns on stage, her live shows have earned her a sizeable following over the past 12 months and her debut album has been produced by Simian Mobile Disco's James Ford, who helped shape the Klaxons' sound.



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