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09/26/2013 11:17 am ET Updated Feb 02, 2016

Hozier's 'Take Me To Church' Echoes Russian LGBT Violence

Hozier, an Irish singer-songwriter whose debut EP "Take Me To Church" premiered in early July, just released the video for his track of the same name.

The video follows the relationship between two gay men and the violently homophobic backlash that ensues when the community learns of one of the man's sexuality.

Ireland's State noted that the video, directed by Brendan Canty, echoes the wave of violence currently plaguing the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community in Russia. According to State, "Take Me To Church":

...references the recent increase of [organized] attacks and torturing of homosexuals in Russia, which is subsequent to a long, hateful, and oppressive political campaign against the LGBT community. The song was always about humanity at its most natural, and how that is undermined ceaselessly by religious [organizations] and those who would have us believe they act in its interests.

For more information on Hoozier and his "Take Me To Church" EP, visit the artist's website, Bandcamp or Twitter.

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