Hozier returned to the fray earlier this week with a series of low-key live shows in Dublin - to call them the hottest ticket in town would be a serious understatement.

Now he's released the Nina Cries Power EP, a taster for his new album, due early in 2019.

Anyone wondering if following the phenomenal success of Take Me To Church and his eponymous debut LP might prove a challenge to Andrew Hozier-Byrne should give Nina Cries Power a spin immediately, and repeatedly. It's an absolute stunner. 

Listen to the Nina Cries Power EP, via Spotify:

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Produced by Hozier mainstay Rob Kirwan, he true standout has to be the title track, featuring vocals from gospel legend Mavis Staples and keys from the incomparable Booker T Jones: 

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"[Nina Cried Power] is best looked at as a little bit of a sampler, four corners of the world the album populates," he told Billboard. "That’s how I kind of picture it in my head. Every song is standing around the same awful bonfire [of the world]. Some of them are optimistic; some of them are terrified; some of them are really looking forward to just burning within it."

The Nina Cried Power EP by Hozier is out now.