TAKE a journey with Passenger

Sarah Middleton  | 

The one man indie folk band, Passenger provides a rich and diverse meal of real music and soul. Today’s music seems to have a “recipe” for success. First, take your averagely talented individual and apply silicone. Serve with a song about money, sex, drugs or a combination of all three. Leave to set, “twerk” and lick hammers. Number of servings: millions. Number of meaningful lyrics or moving music: see 19th century dishes songs. Passenger aims to challenge the traditional servings of pop music.


Singer, songwriter of the one man band, Passenger
Photograph taken from: http://www.last.fm/music/Passenger/+images/80069663

The English band initially had five members which was a collaboration of Mike Rosenberg and composer Andrew Philips. The band broke up in 2009 leaving Rosenberg as the only remaining member.  Since then, Passenger has released four albums. In 2009 Wide Eyes Blind Love, “fan-only” release Divers and Submarines (2010), and Flight of the Crow (2010). The band’s latest album was released in 2012 and titled All the Little Lights.

It is the band’s most successful album to date. The album is not going to get your heart pumping in anticipation for a raucous night out. The album, instead, provides a rich commentary on love, life and society in general. Rosenberg’s voice, combined with guitar strums and instruments, varying in tempo help to create simple, yet very moving pieces of music.

The album features the single Let Her Go which has received 111 710 072 views (and counting) on YouTube alone. Other notable songs on the album were The Wrong Direction, Patient love and Feather on the Clyde (which featured on the TV series, Elementary).

Early in 2013, Passenger was the opening act  opening act for Ed Sheeran’s tour. The two came together to collaborate on the songs; Hearts on Fire and a cover/mash-up of Blackstreet’s No Diggity and Macklemore‘s Thrift Shop

If you appreciate meaningful lyrics that were actually written by the artist, real instruments and songs absent of auto tune, Passenger and their albums will be an invaluable addition to your music collection.

The final song on All The Little Lights, is called I Hate. The song is basically a detailed list of all the things that Rosenberg hates. He makes use of vulgar language and quirky comments. Howeverm there is one line that leaves the listener quite moved.

Passenger: “I hate The X-Factor for murdering music; you bunch of money-grabbing pricks.”

Thank you Passenger for showing us that “real” music is not dead, it’s just a little difficult to find.

Related Videos

Passenger performing I hate

Ed Sheeran & Passenger performing the mash-up of  Blackstreet’s No Diggity and Macklemore’s Thrift Shop. 

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