The first single that hit Canada’s radio air waves was “Take Me to Church”. Along with its powerful chorus and beautiful sound, it holds a deeper message about gay marriage; it is highlighted in Hozier’s video for the song (that you can find here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MYSVMgRr6pw). The video features two gay lovers, who seem to be in a healthy relationship, being victimized for being who they are. They keep their love a secret, but once it is exposed, a group of men attack one of the lovers. The song is not didactic; he does not hit you over the head with his views on marriage. The lyrics are rich with meaning, but it is also a catchy song that anyone can relate to. The band has noted that the song is also commenting on the nature of church and religious views on love.
My personal favorite song by Hozier is “From Eden”. The title and lyrics refer to the biblical story of Adam and Eve. It is a love song, but not the love you would expect. I think of it as a song about how Satan longs for Eve. He describes her imperfections and her wholesome demeanor, and how she draws him in. My favorite line of the chorus is “Innocence died screaming, honey, ask me I should know. I slithered here from Eden just to sit outside your door.” The nature of sin is alluded to this in song as well and how to control desire. This emotional and loving plea of admiration draws me to this song.
If you like music that can touch your soul and make you think, then Hozier is definitely someone to check out! The bluesy sound and rich vocals are comforting and delightful. Even if you are zoning out and studying, not paying attention to the lyrics at all, his songs can make beautiful background noise. The rhythm and vocals bring soul to modern, alternative rock. Happy listening!