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Hozier’s Provoking New Music

A combination of blues, gospel, americana and folk. This is how most people would describe the music of this year’s breakthrough artist, Hozier. He has reached incredible fame in such a short amount of time due to his undeniable musical ability. Ireland-native Hozier not only has musical talent, but he is also passionate about human rights issues. His song, “Take Me to Church” went viral on Youtube and Reddit, because the music video depicts two men enduring the hardships of being homosexual in a society where it is not allowed. Hozier said in an interview with NY Magazine, “You grow up and recognize that in any educated secular society, there’s no excuse for ignorance. You have to recognize in yourself, and challenge yourself, that if you see racism or homophobia or misogyny in a secular society, as a member of that society, you should challenge it.”

His passion about these issues is prevalent throughout his lyrics, and many of his songs are inspired by James Joyce’s “The Portrait of an Artist As a Young Man.” His lyrics are incredibly thought-provoking and the bluesy tones in his voice create a delicious musical experience.

Hozier currently has two EP’s out, “Take Me to Church” and “From Eden.” The songs from both of these albums are also on his new self-titled album, Hozier, expected to come out in America on October 7, 2014. Hozier also has two concerts coming to Philadelphia, but unfortunately they both sold out in a matter of minutes. Since his popularity is rising so quickly, he is sure to come back soon, so be sure that you are one of the first to get your tickets!

Sources: nymag.com

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