Hozier breathes everything soul. His songs drip with velvet agony and sweet longing. The 24-year-old Ireland native released his self-titled debut album on September 19, 2014 but has only recently crept into the spotlight. Andrew Hozier-Byrne is so good that he has already beaten U2. Hozier, who lives around the corner from Bono, has watched Hozier stay number 1 on the Ireland charts for four weeks, longer than U2’s nearly 30 year record for number one releases.
Hozier’s single, “Take Me To Church,” slowly climbed to the front of our eyes. With over 15 million views on the music video, a growing amount of radio play and a seductive performance of the song on Saturday Night Live, “Take Me To Church” has started the engine of Hozier’s popularity.
Hozier was released through Island and Rubyworks Records. The album peaked at number one on three US Billboard charts including Folk, Top Alternative and Top Rock.
Only high praise has flooded Hozier. Helen Brown for The Telegraph rightly writes that “gospel choirs hum and swell tenderly beneath the rougher edges of his riffs. They add mature, universal gravitas and often a holy ecstacy to an intense, youthful lyrical tangling of religion and romantic obsession that regularly finds him poised ‘between love and abuse'."
Hozier is complete with twangy, bluesy ballads that echo the antique sounds of Ella Fitzgerald, B.B. King and Neil Young. Stand out tracks include the aching “To Be Alone”, rocking-chair “Cherry Wine”, gospel sing-along “Angel of Small Death and the Codeine Scene” and the smooth silk of “Like Real People Do.”
Bono calls Hozier a “miracle” and, within the soft lines of “To Be Alone,” his debut album is the “god that heroin prays to.”
Hozier begins his US tour on June 2, 2015 at the Fonda Theatre.