In The Spotlight: Hozier – Take Me To Church

The first in a mainstream debut for the Irish singer-songwriter and the song is just amazing to listen to and a powerhouse in its own right. Take Me to Church has a sombre tone straight from the start and all the way to the finish and has very dramatic tones that accompany it. For a soul song it’s both haunting and melodious. The video itself was shot in Cork, Ireland which stands in for Russia and was shot in grayscale monochrome.
The video tells the story of two men in a relationship who, despite being very happy together, try and keep their relationship a secret from the community. However, the community learns of the men’s sexuality and kidnap and torture him in a violent homophobic backlash. The other man learns of what has happened to his partner and rushes to try and get him but realises he is too late the he sees a violent homophobic mob drag him towards a big pyre.
Hozier openly admits that the lyrics for the song came about from his anger on the Catholic Church’s stance and attitudes towards LGBT+ Rights. Judging by the way many religious organisations treat the LGBT+ community it can easily be argued that he’s got a point.
Another aspect of the song that highlights the issues is the lyrics as they are quite poignant
“Every Sunday’s getting more bleak, a fresh poison each week, we were born sick, you heard them say it, my church offers no absolutes”
“Take me to church I’ll worship like a dog at the shrine of your lies, I’ll tell you my sins and you can sharpen your knife, offer me that deathless death Good God, let me give you my life”
In terms of the lyrics they give a direct reference on how religion is easily used to attack minority groups and how sermons are easily used to preach ignorance and lies.
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In The Spotlight: Imagine Dragons – Natural

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For this edition for In The Spotlight I have chosen the new song by Imagine Dragons, Natural. Here’s a few reasons; First and foremost, why not? Secondly, it’s a steady progression of how they have evolved as artists in terms of the way their music has changed; thirdly it demonstrates the vocal range of front-man Dan Reynolds abilities as a singer as he hits a higher note than what we’re used to hearing from him normally. And the fourth and final reason? The music video accompanying the video shows much creativity and has Victorian/Gothic tones that just run right the way through.
Natural has both a sombre tone throughout as there are times when the song matter becomes a little bit dark, and it some areas can sound a bit haunting as well. The mood of the song itself turns both somewhat sinister and serious at various moments and the seriousness in Dan vocals adds to that because when you listen closely to his voice there is that element to it.
Lyrically the song itself is somewhat serious, dark and sinister and in actual fact are cleverly written as it deals in somewhat sombre subject matters, both personal and around you. There’s a few lines in the song which stand out “Natural a beating heart of stone, you gotta be so cold, to make it in this world, yeah, you’re a natural, living your life cutthroat, you gotta be so cold, Yeah, you’re a natural
Now this can apply to anyone who attempts to live in a cut-throat environment as refers to how you’ve occasionally got to unleash a brutal, coldest parts of yourself and let it run wild, especially if the odds are against you. If you want to get by you also need to know how to stand your ground, and how nothing is without a cost of some sort.
Natural is an amazing credit to the genius, creativity and pure musical talents of the Imagine Dragons and why they’re still one of the most amazing bands around now.

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MusicNotts Talks With… Aye Nizzy

A recent conversation I had with upcoming Nottingham-based artist Aye Nizzy for MusicNotts (formerly NMNM). The feature’s been renamed from Notts Music Probe to MusicNotts Talks With… Enjoy.

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