Friday, May 9, 2014

TGIF: Hozier's "Cherry Wine"

About six months ago, I named Irish singer-songwriter Hozier (Andrew Hozier Byrne) an artist to watch. It was his powerful (and viral) single "Take Me to Church" that turned me on to the guy's seemingly limitless vocals, and since that was all he had formally released at the time, I didn't revisit his music for months. And then I did - and it became clear that although Hozier's collection is still small, it goes much deeper in diversity than that first dark soul single.

"Angel of Small Death and Codeine Scene" is full of rowdy stomps and claps, "Like Real People Do" is a soothing folk hymnal, while "Cherry Wine" is, for me, the gorgeous and golden standout. An older track he refurbished, "Cherry Wine" is quiet and understated in its chord plucks - but not in the lyricism. "Her fight and fury is fiery, oh but she loves like sleep to the freezing, sweet and right and merciful, I'm all but washed in the tide of her breathing." Nothing understated about that.

Take a dive into Hozier's collection - between that voice and those melodies - I'm convinced every bit is worth it. Have a wonderful weekend!

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