New Release: Hozier - Cherry Wine

12 February Critic Jonni 0 Comments

I'm kind of cheating today... Since all day on Friday I've been looking for a New Release and it wasn't until the day after I found this one... So technically it's Saturday, but I've changed the date to Friday. Plus this music video was released on Saturday 13th February, so technically I wouldn't have been able to review this on Friday. I have had to stretch my rules for New Release, because all of the new releases this week don't have a music video, or the ones that do weren't officially released on Friday 12th February. This is the only one I can find, and I'm glad it's from someone I've heard of. Hozier attempts to show how make-up can hide the lies inside, domestic violence is very real in the world and they manage to portray perfectly how it is hidden from the world.

Hozier, real name Andrew Hozier-Byrne, is an Irish musician who had a hit single with "Take Me To Church", it was held off the top spot by Mark Ronson's "Uptown Funk", in the UK. He's big in Ireland, where all his singles have charted. Whereas in the UK, a few have charted but quite low. In the US, "Take Me To Church" also hit number two, but his other singles either haven't charted or are bubbling under the hot 100. His album did well around the world. This is probably the last single from his album, or it could be his first single of a new album... Since the song is a live version on the album... The song was written by Andrew Hozier-Byrne. All proceeds for the song will be donated to international domestic abuse charity organisations.

The music video is directed by Dearbhla Walsh, and features actors Saoirse Ronan and Moe Dunford. The former has played lead roles in many films and has been nominated for a number of awards in her career, As for the latter he has appeared in a few films and TV series, mainly known for his role in Vikings.

The video relates well to the song as it is all about domestic violence. Saoirse Ronan is wearing some heavy make-up to hide that black eye she has got, and although Moe Dunford looks very sad and sorry for what he has done, he is completely ashamed by it, hiding her eye behind her hair so he doesn't have to see it.

There's very little to this music video, but we don't need something massive, the pace goes well with the songs and Saoirse Ronan and Moe Dunford act extremely well, showing off their acting skills allowing us to get wrapped up in their story. This is pretty good, but it's not something that kept me entertained. For all we know Saoirse Ronan did fall over, or someone else could have gave her that black eye. We are left to presume it is her lover, and so I feel everything isn't proved and wasn't exactly thought out. I think a performance piece from Hozier included in this video would've also made it more interesting.
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