Nearly three and a half years after the release of his acclaimed debut, Hozier has announced details of his second album and he seems to be channeling U2 and poet TS Eliot in the title, Wasteland, Baby!
The new 14-track album will be released on March 1, following the success of current single Movement, which has been streamed over 21 million times, and last year’s Nina Cried Power EP featuring singer Mavis Staples and Booker T. Jones. Barack Obama included the song in his favourite tracks of 2018 playlist.
"I want to sincerely thank fans and listeners for their continued support in between the records. See you out on the road soon." - Hozier
Speaking about the release of Wasteland, Baby! Hozier said, "I’m thrilled to announce my new album Wasteland, Baby! The album has been over a year in the making and it’s a pleasure to finally turn out my pockets and share the work.
"I want to sincerely thank fans and listeners for their continued support in between the records. See you out on the road soon."
New track Almost (Sweet Music) is also released today on streaming services. The track features titles from classic songs such as jazz standards Stella by Starlight, Night and Day, Let the Good Times Roll, A Love Supreme, My Foolish Heart, Let's Get Lost, and Am I Blue.
Wasteland, Baby! is the follow up to Hozier’s critically acclaimed self–titled debut album, which has now amassed over 2.1 billion streams on Spotify alone, and sold four million copies worldwide.
Hozier plays a headline show at Irish Independent Park in Cork on June 22nd. Tickets are available now through www.ticketmaster.ie.
The full tracklisting of Wasteland, Baby! Is: Nina Cried Power (featuring Mavis Staples), Almost (Sweet Music), Movement, No Plan, Nobody, To Noise Making (Sing), As It Was, Shrike, Talk Refined, Be, Dinner & Diatribes, Would That I, Sunlight, Wasteland, Baby!