Hozier releases a new EP, From Eden, on the April 28th 2014 through Rubyworks.
Multi-instrumentalist Hozier is an anomaly in the current cluster of male songwriters. Drawing from a wholly broader pool of influences, and certainly more than just ‘a voice’, there’s something hugely reverent and raw about these introductory four tracks that drops Hozier somewhere left of centre from his peers.
Born in County Wicklow on St Patrick’s Day, and a former student of music at the acclaimed Trinity College in Dublin, it’s the shuffling, rhythm-and-blues waltz of ‘From Eden’ that leads this EP. Already dubbed a ‘Hottest Record’ by Radio 1’s Zane Lowe, Hozier’s rasping gospel vocal, reverent and bristling, recalls some of the great voices and performances of our time, from Van Morrison to Cobain’s delivery on Nirvana Unplugged.
Recorded and co-produced with Rob Kirwan (PJ Harvey, Depeche Mode) in his attic at home, the EP is mixed by Mike Crossey (Arctic Monkeys, Foals). Hozier plays each instrument you hear, with the echoed, hushed lament of ‘Work Song’ directed largely by his voice and a series of reverb-drenched handclaps. ‘Arsonist’s Lullaby’ is dark and ominous, architected
Already a fast-rising star in Ireland on the back of one EP alone and a series of revered live performances, Hozier is already lined-up to play this year’s SXSW in Austin Texas this March, Dublin’s Longitude Festival in July, and the Reading & Leeds Festivals in August.
Hozier’s debut UK show at The Troubadour in mid-January sold-out in a little over two minutes, such is the heightened buzz travelling across the Irish Sea at present.
He might be announcing his arrival amongst a busy stable of talent, but Hozier is arguably the finest example of a twenty-first century blues artist, and in turn, From Eden signals the arrival of this excitingly raw young talent.
‘Cherry Wine’ Mahogany Session
Tracklisting: From Eden, Work Song, Arsonist’s Lullaby, To Be Alone
‘To Be Alone’ acoustic –
May 08 The Great Escape Brighton
Jun 03 The Tabernacle London SOLD OUT
Jun 04 The Tabernacle London SOLD OUT
Jun 06 O2 Academy Birmingham Birmingham SOLD OUT
Jun 07 Manchester The Deaf Institute Manchester SOLD OUT
Jun 09 King Tuts Wah Wah Hut Glasgow SOLD OUT
Jun 14 Bushstock London
Jul 02 Bodega Nottingham
Jul 05 Barn on the Farm Festival Gloucestershire
Jul 18 Latitude Festival
Jul 19 Longitude Festival Dublin, Ireland
Aug 01 Indiependence Cork, Ireland
Aug 07 Wilderness Festival
Aug 22 Reading & Leeds Festival Maidstone