Hello hello! Hozier dropped his new EP Eat Your Young on the 17th, which is his birthday- could he be more Irish? As per, I’m going to share my thoughts on it. It’s only three songs, but if he had added any more, we would have exploded from the emotional pressure.
Eat Your Young – The title track has a beat similar to the infections Lavender Haze, or his previous hit Nina Cried Power. But don’t let the catchy drums and delicious vocals fool you; the lyrics are biting: “Skinning the children for a war drum/putting food on the table selling bombs and guns/quicker and easier to eat your young”. Hozier has always been politically vocal, and I suspect we would disagree on a lot of issues, but I’ve always admired his skill with political metaphors. This prime example is catchy enough for a party, but the lyrics are intricate enough to provoke conversation.
Through Me (The Flood) – If you forgot Hozier is thoroughly Irish, the accent in this song is a good reminder. The song reminds us to not “struggle on against the course” of emotions or life events. “Every time I’d flow through the world, I’d see that the world, it flows through me.” This is actually a pretty dang profound reminder to not resist the twists and turns of life, but to let life flow through us and embrace the heights of joy and depths of grief. The lyrics are reminiscent of To Noise Making (Sing), and the melody reminds me of Angel of Small Death and the Codeine Scene.
All Things End – “If there was anyone to ever get through this life with their heart still intact, they didn’t do it right.” This might be one of the most beautiful and real breakup songs I’ve ever heard, and it hits home. Similar to Through Me, the song embraces the principle of living in flow and embracing the natural seasons of relationships. I can’t say any more about this song without getting emotional, so I’ll leave it at that.
Like all of Hozier’s work, this EP is impeccable, and I’m so excited to hear the long-awaited album, Unreal Unearth, later this year! If you need me, I’ll be listening to these three songs for the rest of the weekend, That’s all from me for now, but I’ll catch you on the flip side.