Take Me To Church by Hozier
“Take Me To Church” is a gospel song with pop and electro influences, focusing on the story of the backlash that communities show to the same-sex couples. Shot in grayscale, the video includes violent scenes such as the group of local avengers hitting one of the men considered a capital sinner.
The video debuts with the image of a fire, followed by a suite of disruptive scenes such as running on a bicycle or burying a chest. The two characters develop a forbidden relationship attempting to hide the truth, fearing that not even their families will be able to accept it.
The chest is searched by the group of masked members, reminding of former inquisitors, the small object can be considered in this case a metaphor of the untolerated relationship. Being aware of the danger threatening their own existence, as well as the integrity of their families, the two men decide to run, but one of them is captured by the group of religious avengers.
The sunset spent together nearby a lake is the last scene marked by peace, the following images display the revenge performed by the community against the couple and their families. One of their parents is hit, although he may have been unaware of the actions of his son, as well his house is set on fire. The man who is captured is dragged to ground in a humiliating way and constantly hit, while the chest he previously buried, is thrown into the purifying fire. Unable to interfere, his partner is forced to watch the cruelty performed against his lover.
Through the simple scenario proposed in the case of “Take Me To Church”, Hozier highlights the fact that despite the existing democratic context of human rights, same-sex relationships are still perceived as abnormality, local communities considering they are justified to correct the social error.
“Take Me To Church” is the first song released by Irish newcomer soul and blues singer Hozier, that will be included on his upcoming debut album. Written and produced by the artist, the song was in September 2013, but became known in June 2013 on American radios.
The video accompanying “Take Me To Church” was directed by Brendan Canty, the drumming member of Fugazi, being released on September 2013. The musician also created videos for Talos (“Bloom”), Fyfe (“Holding On”) or Aluna George (“Watching Over You”).