Hozier – Take Me To Church

I’ve been hearing this song on KINK lately. I confess that it didn’t captivate me the first time. Still, with that soulful Elton John sound and the obvious gospel overtones, and equally obvious darkness and not-at-all “churchy” subject matter, it eventually wormed its way into my consciousness. It’s basically about the struggle of a gay man to find belonging, resist oppression, and how church for him is the arms of his lover. So it’s very transparent, moving, and a little bit painful to grasp for an outsider, but powerful nonetheless. The black-and-white video is haunting and somewhat violent, which is its artistic success.

The music just also sounds really good late at night in those more pensive moments (like now). I’m excited to seek out more from Hozier (Irishman Andrew Hozier-Byrne). He’ll be at Newport Folk, Lollapalooza, Haldern Pop and Reading before embarking on a US tour this fall (which also includes ACL). My attention is rapt at what 2014 has in store for this guy.

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