I’m not a fan of the radio most of the time. If I’m being honest, it’s for a whole heap of reasons – but my biggest axe to grind is how they will absolutely ALWAYS trainwreck a good song to the ground. There have been so many wonderful songs that the radio has latched onto and played time after time after time…AFTER TIME. Stop killing my jams please!
Plenty of new artists will have a breakout single, only for radio stations to broadcast it at such high airplay frequency they easily get boxed into a one-hit wonder. It’s not a good sign when people have heard a song so many times that all it takes is the opening notes being heard to make them run for the hills. This occurs far too frequently and unfortunately most of the time it’s not due to the artist lacking talent and a further catalog of music.
When you think of Hozier it wouldn’t take me many guesses to figure out what you think of first. Lemme try, “Take Me to Church” is it? Ding, ding, ding we have a winner!
To me, I may think he’s a mega babe first and foremost. I mean, he’s got that whole Irish, long-haired brunette, musician thing working in his favor. I digress though. Quickly following those thoughts is his power as a musician. He’s an artist who is unique and deep, having an impressive debut album that goes much deeper than the first single we all know. However, the radio hasn’t let more people discover what else there is to Hozier and his music. He himself even once commented on “Take Me to Church” becoming a song bigger than the artist.
Following in the footsteps of some of his favorite musicians before him – Hozier combines blues, rock, and gospel in the most delightful of ways. His music is not your typical songs you commonly hear on the radio. Not to mention the subject matter often use a unique combination contemplation around sex and religion intertwined. Hozier’s music is layered and deep in both lyrics and sound.
While I’d suggest listening to his entire debut album, if you’ve only got a few minutes let me at least direct you to my top five favorite Hozier tracks.
(P.S. – Hozier got Natalie Dormer to star in his “Someone New” music video and if that’s not a check in his win column, I don’t know what is.)
I’m not one to easily persuaded though and I have a few more tricks up my sleeve. Or well, Hozier had a few more tricks up his sleeve. In his short career Hozier has already dominated the BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge with three epic covers that took well known songs and turned them into something completely new. All of the videos quickly amassed views into the millions. Just this week he played a funk-inspired and upbeat cover of “Lay Me Down” by Sam Smith and I’m pretty sure I have accounted for at least 100 of the views alone. They’re all that good, I promise. (Plus I admit, I may have been swooning over him too, but that’s okay.)
While many of you lovelies are reading this post and getting acquainted with Mr. Hozier I will be seeing him live FINALLY tonight. I’m just a little bit excited. Just a little.
What was the last song the radio killed for you?
What’s your favorite track from Hozier?
P.S. – Cover songs have had a surge in popularity recently, but did you realize these 10 popular songs were actually cover songs?
Until next time,