“This song was written about someone I care very deeply for. We all face our own trials and tribulations in life and this was about the choice to feel self-defeat and self-pity, rather than take responsibility for your life and make positive change. The idea for the clowns actually came to me in a dream and I loved it. I passed the idea onto the videographers, INFINITE FILM, who went on to help me develop it. The ballet dancer was the most ‘perfect’ image, slick and hauntingly beautiful. From here the hair gets wilder and the imagery grows scarier. The joker smile makeup was about painting on a smile and covering up true feelings. This makeup went on to crack and flake to give the idea of true feelings being uncovered and the show falling apart. The rag doll was to create a feeling of helplessness and letting external forces control you.”
“This song I found greatly influential to me. I’m a huge fan of Mumford & Sons and the depth and beauty of the lyrics of this song are so poignant and taught me the importance of writing meaningful lyrics.”
“I’ve played the piano since I was a child and for me this piece influenced me by showing me how much a piece of music can say without any words at all, all you need is the title.”
This is such an epic song and I remember listening to it on repeat when it came out! I then went to go see Hozier live at the O2 in Brixton. It was such an amazing gig and the whole crowd stood up and sang along for this song. I remember thinking it was so different from anything I’d heard before and the lyrics so profound.
This is such an elegant simple song with amazing production. I love the ethereal feel of Jessie Ware’s voice that floats above the strong bass behind her and I remember feeling hooked into her style.
The day I discovered Oh Wonder was an amazing day. The pair’s vocals were so delicate and engaging. They reminded me of a pop version of The Civil Wars. The combination of the piano, vocals with synth I find beautiful and I love their laid back vibe.