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I have been a massive fan of Passenger since it was a band, but since then, Mike Rosenberg has been going at it alone, under the same moniker; he’s released an incredible 6 solo albums over the past 8 years and he’s now preparing to release his 7th studio album, Young as the Morning, Old as the Sea, later this year.
Continuing in the same vein of music, his sound is defined and well crafted. I love his solo sound, however part of me wishes he’d take a trip back to his Wicked Man’s Rest sound, as that album was incredible – if you haven’t heard it, check it out!
Are you a Passenger fan? Would you like to see him return to the sound he had in the band? Please share the love for this song and tell us what you’d choose for #MellowMonday.
Matt – Muzik Speaks
‘Somebody’s Love’ can be downloaded off iTunes now – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/somebodys-love/id1123060144?i=1123060306
Let me start off by saying that I have been a huge Passenger fan, right from the word go!
In the beginning – whilst stylised as /Passenger. – it was a four/five piece band, consisting of Mike Rosenberg, Andrew Phillips and others. It was in 2009, that the band split up and Mike Rosenberg went at it alone, using the moniker Passenger.
Since going at it alone, Passenger has released 6 solo albums, with his most recent, Whispers II, being released in April 2015. It is made all the more special, since Rosenberg has stated that all profits made from the release of this album will go to UNICEF UK, to help with their cause!
The reason I have chosen this particular track (‘David’) is that it’s musical style and lyrical content really stood out to me, upon first listen of the album. The beginning of the song has quite a fraught, on-edge feel to it, with it’s piercing guitar sounds, before transcending into a more beautiful masterpiece with its delicate, impish strings. Rosenberg has a real gift for telling stories with his songs, and this one is a tragically beautiful tale of a real story about a man he once met outside a hostel. The promotional video made to accompany the song is also beautifully shot.
This track is featured on Passenger’s latest album, Whispers II, which you can purchase from iTunes now and help support UNICEF UK – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/david/id976668065?i=976668071
Passenger – ‘David’ (WARNING: This track contains explicit lyrical content)