Florence Welch of Florence and the Machine has described how her 'chaotic' year informed her forthcoming third album 'How Big How Blue How Beautiful'.

Speaking to Zane Lowe on BBC Radio 1, she said that pausing to take a year off - as well as her "on and off relationship with drinking" - before making the album caused her to have "a bit of a nervous breakdown".

"'Ceremonials' and 'Lungs' all blurred together, we didn't take any time off. It was a decision to have a year off," she said. "It was a bit of a crash landing, in a sense. In the year off, I was still going out and going to events, but something wasn't quite right; I was spiraling a bit. I wasn't making myself happy. I wasn't stable."

The resultant album, which is released on May 29th, is "the most personal" album she's ever made. "It was a really vulnerable time for me when we first started making the record," she said.

Watch the video for lead single 'What Kind of Man' below: