Hozier (real name Andrew Hozier-Byrne, born 17 March 1990) is an Irish musician and singer songwriter. In 2013 he released an EP Take Me To Church (which also featured "Like Real People Do", "Angel of Small Death and The Codeine Scene" and a live version of the song "Cherry Wine") "Take Me to Church" became a viral hit on YouTube.
He released his self-titled album (Hozier) in September 2014. After a five year hiatus, he released his second album (Wasteland, Baby!) in March 2019.
Hozier and his music provide examples of the following tropes:
- The Anti-Nihilist: "No Plan" is about how nothing in life matters because there is no grand design, so why not fall in love.
- Badass Baritone: His incredibly deep voice is instantly recognizable.
- The Big Guy: He's 6"5.
- The Cameo: Katie McGrath is the star of the "From Eden" music video.
- Cloud Cuckoo Lander: It's exaggerated by his fans because it's fun, but he's definitely on a different wavelength than most folks.
- Domestic Abuse: "Cherry Wine" is about this.
- Double Standard: Abuse, Female on Male: Possibly subverted in "Cherry Wine" if you interpret the song as being about this. The speaker's girlfriend is heavily implied to be abusing him emotionally and physically, but he still describes the relationship as being ideal. However, this is actually Truth in Television for many people in abusive relationships.
- Downer Ending:
- The music video for "Take Me to Church": It revolves around a gay couple whose love is destroyed by a group of violent homophobes once their sexuality is found out. Their house is ransacked, one of the men is dragged to a fire, a box the couple shared is thrown into the fire, and the other man arrives at the scene just as his lover is being killed by the group.
- "Cherry Wine" is the last song on his self-titled album which features a man being emotionally and physically abused by his girlfriend, but he can never bring himself to leave her because he loves her.
- Dual-Meaning Chorus: "It Will Come Back," referring to the singer and his love like one would a stray animal.
- Gay Aesop: The music video for "Take Me to Church" features one.
- Hypocrite: The speaker's girlfriend in "Cherry Wine," who is extremely jealous despite the fact that she is cheating on him.
- Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Just look at him performing next to Mavis Staples.
- Last-Name Basis: "Hozier" isn't a stage name, it's (one part of) his last name.
- Love Is Like Religion:
- "Take Me to Church" uses religious imagery throughout as the singer expresses wanting to worship his beloved instead of the church that rejected their love, with a prechorus of repeated amens.
- In "Foreigner's God", the singer expresses his love for a woman who does not conform to his society's edicts as "Screaming the name of a foreigner's god".
- Love Martyr: The speaker in "Cherry Wine" is this as he tolerates his girlfriend's jealousy, anger and infidelity (and possibly physical abuse. )
- Lyrical Dissonance:
- "Cherry Wine" has a somewhat somber tone to it, but sounds like a typical love song... until you listen to the lyrics, which describe a relationship that sounds disturbingly close to Domestic Abuse.
- "In a Week" is a pretty sounding song about a couple being together. But when one examines the lyrics, they'll realize it's rather non ambiguously about two people being Together in Death and their bodies decomposing and being eaten by animals.
- "Shrike" is a very laid-back, romantic-sounding song, but it's also about the shrike, a bird who impales its prey on thorns. Hozier makes several clear references to that practice.
- Mercy Kill: "In the Woods Somewhere". That poor fox...
- Non-Appearing Title: "Work Song"
- Nothing Is Scarier: "In the Woods Somewhere". The speaker found...something in the woods.
- Protest Song: "Nina Cried Power" is arguably one, referencing historical singers of protest songs (among them Nina Simone, Billie Holliday, and Marvin Gaye) in a song about oppression.
- Soprano and Gravel: A Gender Flipped version in "Nina Cried Power", with Mavis Staples as the gravel. Maybe "Baritone and Gravel?"
- Together in Death: "In a Week" has a surprisingly graphic version of this.
- Tsundere: The speaker in "Cherry Wine" assumes his girlfriend is this while his descriptions of her make her sound much more like a Domestic Abuser.
- Uncommon Time: "From Eden" is in 5/4.
- Villain Song: "Arsonist's Lullaby" tells the story of a guy who simply is driven to set things on fire and how he got to be that way, as described from his own perspective. It may not be right, but he acknowledges that it's just who he is. As the chorus explains:"All you have is your fire
And the place you need to reach
Don't you ever tame your demons
But always keep them on a leash"