Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Artist to Watch: Hozier

Um, let's take a minute to talk about this voice.

Holy smokes. I have a feeling I'm catching wind of Hozier on his upswing into notoriety, because it seems as if he went from relatively unknown (dabbled in poppy earlier works and still has a live LinkedIn profile) to viral. In under a month, the modest singer-songwriter garnered hundreds of thousands of views on his excellent, but raw, debut music video.

An Ireland native and music school dropout, Andrew Hozier Byrne is already a force to be reckoned with. His soulful, effortless bellow is easily in the same vocal class as James Blake or alt-J’s Joe Newman, his “Take Me To Church” songwriting is chilling and politically-charged, and his music video vision is clearly fearless (the single’s dark video portrays homophobic attacks in Russia).

Check out the video for "Take Me To Church" here.

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