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Florence + the Machine officially releases live version of "Morning Elvis" featuring Ethel Cain

09 December 2022, 11:14 | Written by Cerys Kenneally

Florence + the Machine has given a live version of "Morning Elvis" recorded at a Denver show with Ethel Cain an official release.

Back in October Ethel Cain joined Florence + the Machine at a Denver show to perform the Dance Fever song "Morning Elvis", and today (9 December) the live recording has been given an official release.

Florence Welch says, ""Morning Elvis" is a song about the power of performance. Of rock and roll tragedy and transcendence. And it’s a sign of a truly special artist when they make a cover their own. When Hayden sang this song it felt like it was hers, she really gave it that outlaw energy, like witches of the Wild West. I even threw more lines at her on the day because her tone and cadence was so perfect I wanted to hear more. And she did not miss a line even with only an hour to rehearse. I truly think I have found a kindred spirit aesthetically and artistically. And now every show I sing "Morning Elvis" with an Ethel Cain inflection."

Ethel Cain adds, "I was giggling when we rehearsed the song just the two of us before the show because Florence told me that "Morning Elvis" was her channeling her inner Southern rocker, and I told her I couldn’t stop myself from emulating her British accent on certain words. It felt like a holy convergence happening in a basketball arena. Florence’s dressing room smelled like powder and sage and we were both dressed in white, singing our lines back and forth to each other, and I felt like I was back in choir practice, but with an actual angel this time. She’s never not smiling, and if you would have told me we were the only two people in the entire venue while we sang it in the middle of her set, I would have believed you."

Earlier this week Ethel Cain - who topped Best Fit's Best Albums of 2022 list - starred in the new Calvin Klein and Palace campaign video.

Florence + the Machine's live version of "Morning Elvis" featuring Ethel Cain is out now on Polydor Records.

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