Listen: A track from the new Florence + the Machine album

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Florence Welch and her band the Machine have been drawing attention to themselves for a while now, largely on the strength of their debut album, Lungs. The buzz has been helped along by the fact that they are a positively epic live act, and so it's an understatement to say that their sophomore album is highly anticipated. But the band has chosen to release the first single from the album early, a major boon to the audiophiles among us who have been forced to listen to live bootlegs until now.

The new track, "What the Water Gave Me," is a spacious, pounding cut that builds to a crushing conclusion — bonus rock-snob points for being recorded at Abbey Road Studios in London! The as-yet-untitled album is slated for a November 7 release.

The band has been playing another song from the new album live for some time now: check out "Strangeness and Charm."

Producer Paul Epworth tweaked the knobs on the new album — he headed "Cosmic Love" and "Blinding" from Lungs, and has worked with that other sultry, world-conquering Brit, Adele, as well as Bloc Party.