Hozier recently returned to BBC Radio 1’s Live Lounge, where he has previously covered Ariana Grande’s “Problem” and Arctic Monkeys’ “Do I Wanna Know.” This time around, the You Oughta Know alum covered Sam Smith’s “Lay Me Down,” and his up-tempo version of the song is everything.
Hozier took Sam’s delicate, provoking song and roughed it up, preserving all of the soul Sam infused it with while adding his to it. Hozier’s version is passionate, rugged, beautiful, and almost unrecognizable — in a good way. He made Sam’s song his own, and Sam loves it. He tweeted out the following, letting Hozier know his thoughts on the cover:
Brother @Hozier – fucking love the Live Lounge cover!!!! Anything you sing makes me heart jump xx Big kisses sir xx
— SAM SMITH (@samsmithworld) September 1, 2015
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