XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “Take Me To Church” by Hozier

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Photo via https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hozier/167555553297787
Earlier this month, we featured “Take Me To Church” by Hozier as one of our My Morning Downloads. We’re making it our Gotta Hear Song of the Week this week, as we’ve been getting a lot of great reaction to this powerful song. The buzz continues to grow for this Irish singer-songwriter. Born Andrew Hozier Byrne, he recently released his Take Me To Church EP as a free download. Hailing from County Wicklow, Hozier’s songs have roots in soul and blues and traditional Irish music. The title song, “Take Me To Church,” is extremely powerful, anchored by Hozier’s confident vocals, the song’s gospel flair, a tuneful piano line, and reflective lyric. Sounding a bit like Madman Across the Water era Elton John, Hozier’s emotional power is firmly felt in the moving “Take Me To Church.”

Hozier commented on State that the video for the song:

“…references the recent increase of organized attacks and torturing of homosexuals in Russia, which is subsequent to a long, hateful, and oppressive political campaign against the LGBT community. The song was always about humanity at its most natural, and how that is undermined ceaselessly by religious organizations and those who would have us believe they act in its interests. What has been seen growing in Russia is no less than nightmarish, I proposed bringing these themes into the story.”

Warning – the video contains controversial imagery, yet is haunting in concept and visual storytelling. Download the entire EP below.