USA Today Playlist: Hozier picks his favorites
05 May 2015
5 May, 2015
With his Grammy-nominated breakthrough Take Me to Church and current single Someone New, Hozier has put a fresh twist on blues-infused rock. The Irish singer-songwriter shares some of his recent discoveries — and re-discoveries — with USA TODAY.
Bring Me Your Loves, St. Vincent
This is an incredibly fresh-sounding track from an original, vibrant artist whose craft and vision is astounding. See her live.
Don’t Wanna Fight, Alabama Shakes
Brittany Howard’s vocal ability is out of this world. I haven’t seen a more formidable, mesmerizing presence in years.
Honey & I, Haim
Haim exercises a fantastic feel for danceable, infectious rhythms that can be wonderfully understated and insanely tasty.
Little Monster, Royal Blood
Last year’s debut album yielded this fantastic track. Another act I’d encourage anyone to see. Amazing what this duo can do.
Crystal Film, Little Dragon
Laid-back track from the Swedish group’s Ritual Union album. I’ve always loved Yukimi Nagano’s voice and phrasing.
Water, Jack Garratt
Garratt, who has opened a few shows for me, is a total show-stopper and one of the U.K.’s most impressive young talents.
Stay Awake, London Grammar
This was one of the most beautiful new songs I heard during 2014. I’m very much looking forward to their next releases.
Left Hand Free, alt-J
Alt-J has a unique and inventive way with everything they do. I caught their Coachella set this year.
Creepin’, Stevie Wonder
I’ve been listening to Fulfullingness’ First Finale a lot recently. This track gets under your skin in the best way.
Big Poppa, Notorious B.I.G.
I spent my teens buried in mid-20th century blues, jazz and rock. As a result, I’m still catching up with ‘90s hip-hop.