Hozier and Mavis Staples teamed on Wednesday’s Tonight Show for a smoldering take on their collaborative song “Nina Cried Power.” The performance opened with Hozier hopping in place, crooning over a spare piano and ghost-note snare groove. The arrangement gradually built with keys and a backing choir, as Staples interjected with her own soulful, sinister vocals.
“Nina Cried Power” is the title-track to Hozier’s recently issued EP. The release follows his self-titled debut LP from 2014, which includes his massive breakout single, “Take Me to Church.” The singer-songwriter recently spoke to Rolling Stone about “Nina Cried Power,” which he described as “a song about protest songs.” “The fights that took place 100 years ago or 200 years ago for whatever – civil rights or workers’ right etc. – don’t stop,” he said. “There is no final victory.”
He also called Staples “the most amazing person, just fucking unbelievable,” adding of their Chicago recording sessions, “That energy is still absolutely there.” Hozier, who recently wrapped a North American tour promoting the EP, is set to launch a leg of international dates on November 11th in Lisbon, Portugal.