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Gay friendly Irish superstar, Hozier, is set to disappear for awhile

Hozier To Disappear (awhile)

6 July 2016

By Susan Orr - QL UK

Over in the UK iconic Irish superstar, Hozier, has revealed that he plans to take some time off to work on his second album somewhere quiet and secluded.

"Who is Hozier?" - you might ask. Back in September 2014, Hozier released the video for his gospel-inspired epic, "Take Me to Church," an epic song that uses love and ecstasy as a religious metaphor. The video depicts two men's gentle intimacy, followed by brutal gay-bashing at the hands of masked vigilantes against lyrics like, "I was born sick, but I love it / command me to be well / Amen. Amen. Amen."

The song serves simultaneously as an Iconic message about human rights, a commentary about Hozier's upbringing in what he calls a "cultural landscape that is blatantly homophobic," and a strong statement about the institutional homophobia in Putin's Russia.

Irish TV channel, TEN, spoke to Hozier in London and he told them that he won't be rushing into the recording studio to work on the follow-up to his incredibly successful self-titled debut, which he released in 2014.

Most recently the Irish musician penned "Better Love", the theme song for the soon to be released movie "The Legend of Tarzan," and he says the new track is the last we'll be hearing from him for a while.

"I'm going to take some time off so this is the last thing I'm going to be putting my name to for a little while.

"I'm going to disappear for a while and work on the next album, in a similar way to how I worked the first time round, go to a very quiet space and just see how the demos take shape."

When asked if he had any idea of where in the world he might go, he remained coy while teasing the possibility of working on a side project.

As a reminder, here's the video of Hozier's iconic "Take Me to Church":

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