With the stunning new video for his song Take Me To Church, Irish singer songwriter Hozier makes a touching comment on the horrific situation for gays in Russia.
This summer, Russia signed into law a bill aiming at limiting the rights of the country’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex people, opening a new, dark chapter in the history of gay rights in Russia. Making it illegal to even say the word “gay”, the new laws have fuelled violent attacks on gays and gay rights groups. Together with filmmakers and fellow Irishmen Brendan Canty and Conal Thomson from visual art production house Feel Good Lost, Hozier has created a touching new video to accompany the dark and soulful song Take Me To Church, taken from his recent EP with same name. Visually stunning and truly heartbreaking, the video echoes the wave of violence currently haunting the gay community, not least in Russia.
The video references the recent increase of organised attacks and torturing of homosexuals in Russia
– The video references the recent increase of organised attacks and torturing of homosexuals in Russia, which is subsequent to a long, hateful, and oppressive political campaign against the LGBT community, Hozier says. The song was always about humanity at its most natural, and how that is undermined ceaselessly by religious organisations and those who would have us believe they act in its interests. What has been seen growing in Russia is no less than nightmarish, I proposed bringing these themes into the story and Brendan liked the idea.
Watch the video for Take Me To Church below, and download the EP here.