Hozier, also known as Andrew Hozier- Byrne, hails from the serene hills of Bray, County Wicklow, Ireland, and has splashed onto the music scene to a marvel of success.
A lyrical muse, his self – titled LP, “Hozier”, glides easily through the contours of nostalgia. He is blunt. He is subversive; each track layered with a proverbial anecdote. In the midst of our EDM wave, perhaps the most invigorating element about this debut, is that “Hozier” absent of any synth, vocal or instrumental, relies on the eclecticism of his voice, his guitars, and his honesty.
“A rush of blood to the head” . . .words for an exuberant debut accompanied by an exquisite musician.
The swelling album opener, “Take Me to Church” swims in a sea of morbid melancholy as the opening chorus “take me to church/I’ll worship like a dog at the shrine of your lies/I’ll tell you my sins so you can sharpen your knife ” sets the tone for a glorious commentary on evangelicalism.
With a bluesy groove and nostalgic lyrics, this is probably one of the most uplifting tracks on this record and one of my personal favourites. “Jackie and Wilson” tells a story of a man in need of redemption, “so deep in this swill with the most familiar of swine/for reasons wretched and divine”, from the only woman, “she blows outta nowhere on a candle of the wild/laughing away through my feeble disguise”, who can save him. Ideally, “Jackie and Wilson”, reminds me of Bonnie and Clyde, sans ammunition, as the two characters contemplate, roam the streets, and cause havoc and mischief wherever they go.
“From Eden” is the temptress that sits in wait, until a moment sets in, she knocks on your door, and you let her in. With lyrics like “Innocence died screaming, honey, ask me I should know/I slithered here from Eden just to hide outside your door” and “To the strand a picnic plan for you and me/A rope in hand for your other man to hang from a tree”, Hozier confesses of a temptation so grand, only love can save him.
Guitars dance against a ricochet of drums and he becomes electrifying, a brash echo in the hollow of any acoustic space, “Hozier” is out now.
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