Hozier announces release date for new album Unreal Unearth

Hozier performs onstage during the VH1 Big Music in 2015 (Mike Coppola/Getty Images)
Hozier performs onstage during the VH1 Big Music in 2015 (Mike Coppola/Getty Images)

Hozier’s highly anticipated album, Unreal Unearth, finally has a release date, with the Irish singer-songwriter announcing on Twitter that fans can look forward to hearing the record on August 18.

“I’m proud of this record and enjoyed watching it come to life over the past year,” said Hozier. “Thank you as always for your support and patience while it was coming to fruition.”

The new album, which Hozier has teased will likely include as many as 18 songs, will include tracks Eat Your Young and All Things End, which were released earlier this year.

But that’s not all the good news coming to Hozier fans, as single Francesca is set to be released tomorrow.

“When hozier drops francesca it’s all over,” said one fan on Twitter, while another said, “The way my world will shift when Hozier drops Francesca. I don’t think I’m ready.”

Speaking to Rolling Stone, Hozier explained that the upcoming album has been inspired by Dante’s Inferno, after he started reading the 14th century poem during lockdown.

“The album is quite eclectic and there’s something of a retrospective in what the sounds lean into,” said Hozier. ““There’s some moments that are a bit more old school and stuff that’s Nineties grunge sounding too. For other moments we were leaning into playing with a lot of synthesisers.”

It’s going to be a busy year for Hozier, who will begin a major tour in Glasgow in June, stop off at six spots across the country, and then round off his UK leg at London’s Alexandra Palace at the end of July. He then jets off to the US where he has 24 concert dates scheduled, which run all the way up to the end of November.

Hozier performing in 2019 (Getty Images)
Hozier performing in 2019 (Getty Images)

The singer also released a new three track EP, titled Eat Your Young, in March. It marked the first time the Grammy-nominated artist released an album of any kind in four years: his last releases were the 2019 studio album Wasteland, Baby! and the 2019 EP Spotify Singles. Hozier has, however, released two singles since then: The Parting Glass (2020) and Swan Upon Leda (2022).

Eat Your Young’s release came exactly ten years after Hozier released his first EP, Take Me to Church. The record catapulted Hozier into international stardom after his single Take Me to Church peaked at number two in the Billboard100.

Hozier’s 2023 UK tour dates:


Sunday 25 – Glasgow, Queens Park


Sunday 2 – Halifax, Piece Hall

Monday 3 – Newcastle, O2 City Hall

Wednesday 5 – Manchester, Castlefield Bowl

Thursday 6 – Cardiff, Cardiff Castle

Saturday 8 – Bournemouth, O2 Academy

Sunday 9 – Birmingham, O2 Academy

Friday 21 – London, Alexandra Palace Park

Hozier’s EP, Eat Your Young, is out now