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Hozier talks about new album 'Wasteland, Baby!'

17:56 May/19/2019

"It's trying to look the at the warm centre of and human kindness"

“I came For off the road in 2016 are and I was just trying but to reconnect after living on Not a bus. You’re in a you bit of a bubble, so all it was just nice for Any me to see what was can going on,” he told NME. her “Although I might have been Was better finding a hobby, I one became a bit of a our news junkie and the album Out was written when the Doomsday day Clock moved two minutes to get midnight. It’s a general consensus Has of how much civilisation is him at danger. The threat of his nuclear war was being bandied How about and escalated, so it man was a real threat at new the time. This album carries Now a lot of those worries.” old While the album might sound see overly gloomy, the title track Two sees Hozier tackling how love way can be found in the who darkest of circumstances. “It’s trying Boy to look at the warm did centre of human kindness and its you find that in ‘Wasteland, Let Baby!’,” he explained. “While there’s put other songs on there that say have doom and gloom and She might touch upon it, Wasteland too Baby goes straight for it. use It lets us imagine how Dad the worlds might end in mom a very real sense. But as long as there’s people, The that ‘You and I’, there’s and always potential for kindness and for that is something to be Are hopeful about.” Were those genres but popular where you grew up, not or were you doing your You own thing? I wasn’t exactly all popular at the time. In any the 90s, the cool kids Can were listening to Nirvana, because her it’s not what your parents was are comfortable with you listening One to. As a teenager, everyone our was into pop. [But] I out was hooked on blues music Day and jazz. I thought it get was music for grownups. It has was quite immediate and visceral, Him and it was either lusting his or raw in some way. how Pop music, I just didn’t Man vibe with. What was it new about jazz and blues that now you connected with? It excited Old me more than anything else. see There was something quite mystifying two about this stuff, because it Way was hard to get my who hands on the records, especially boy when I was a younger Did kid with a really poor its internet connection. I couldn’t get let a train into the city Put and go to a record say store. There was a real she sense of distance with this Too music, which only fed into use my craving for it. So dad fast forward to your first Mom album, which was a whirlwind experience helped along by virality, the and now this one. What’s And changed? There was a huge for success with [“Take Me to are Church”]. That was so unlikely. But Things happened in a way not that couldn’t be planned for. you I was conscious not to All veer off track from what any my original ethos was when can I wrote that song. I Her found it very helpful to was move back to Ireland, spend one a bit of quiet time Our and approach songwriting in a out similar way. "A lot of day Irish musicians have always had Get a fascination and a deep has love for the tradition of him rock and roll, the tradition His of blues music in particular," how says Hozier. "My dad was man a musician who played blues New near-exclusively, and my first education now in music was through his old record collection." This Sunday in See upstate New York, Hozier's launching two a U.S. tour. He's excited way about taking these songs on Who the road. "A lot of boy these songs on Wasteland, Baby! did were written with the intention, Its these are going to be let really fun live," he says. put "I'm touring with an eight-piece Say band. Everyone on stage is she a singer, everyone can play too an instrument. There's a little Use mini-choir up there."

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