Tuesday, August 12, 2014

I'll tell you my sins and you can sharpen your knife

For 24 years old, Hozier has a lot of old soul. I’m sure this has much to do with the fact that not only is his father a musician, but he was raised on the blues. He hasn’t even released an entire album yet, but this Irish singing wonder has stirred curiosity from his single Take Me to Church. The first I head it, I thought it was either a very young Elton John or someone covering Elton. The kid has talent and heart. He is also going the non-traditional breakthrough route, and beginning with a jab at the Catholic Church, both verbally and visually. This gospel-esque song, in essence, is about sex. But the song is about sex with religious undertones. His song, Take Me to Church, challenges the lies and hypocrisy that many feel about the Church. The video too challenges homophobia, a strong statement from someone who didn't even have a record deal at the time. Bravo.
If the Heavens ever did speak
She is the last true mouthpiece
Every Sunday's getting more bleak
A fresh poison each week


Do yourself a favor and check out Hozier. His two EP's Take Me To Church and Eden are widely available. But of course, don't expect a repeat of Take Me To Church, songs such as Like Real People Do and Angel of Small Death have completely different tones. It's refreshing that he doesn't have one sound that he re-created for each song. November 5th at Irving Plaza can't come soon enough. Looking forward to hearing these songs and his new album live!

Take Me to Church- EP
    Take Me To Church
      Like Real People Do
     Angel of Small Death & the Codeine Scene
     Cherry Wine

Eden – EP
    From Eden
    Work Song
    Arsonists Lullaby
    To Be Alone

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