Ivor Novello Award-winning singer-songwriter Passenger's, aka Brighton’s Mike Rosenberg, new album Runaway released on on Black Crow Records via Cooking Vinyl. Runaway is released on CD, Vinyl LP and download with Deluxe 2CD, 2LP and Deluxe Digital formats available that include Live Acoustic versions of the album recorded across North America. Passenger,
Passenger is one of the most successful UK artists of this decade, a streaming phenomenon who has had well in excess of a billion streams on Spotify. The video for his Ivor Novello Award winning single Let Her Go has been viewed almost two billion times.
There have always been two sides to Passenger: the epic, radio-friendly sound represented Let Her Go, and Young As The Morning Old As The Sea, and the more introverted, singer-songwriter side heard on, for instance, Whispers II (2015) and The Boy Who Cried Wolf (2017). Runaway finds Passenger embracing the epic once again: the melodies are unforgettable, the choruses colossal. The album, Rosenberg’s tenth in 11 years, was recorded between the UK and Australia with his co-producer, Chris Vallejo, but its aesthetic is North American.
“My dad is American,” Rosenberg explains, “and we used to go over every other summer when we were kids. I always loved it. I guess I was seduced by it a little bit. It was such a culture shock coming from England.” Sonically, too, ‘Runaway’ draws on Americana, for instance the early work of Ryan Adams. There is some lap steel, some mandolin, a little banjo, all courtesy of guitarist Benjamin Edgar, Rosenberg is also joined on the album by bassist Rob Calder, drummer Peter Marin and keyboard player Jon Hansen. Rosenberg imagined these new songs as unfolding against a backdrop of American landscapes. And so, rather than the usual video process, he and video director Jarrad Seng spent three weeks making videos on a road trip across the US. The video for Hell Or High Water, the album’s opener and first single, was shot at a series of national parks. “The massive landscapes of these national parks really suit the big chorus and big production,” says Rosenberg.
Throughout his colossal success, Passenger has continued to busk and will head out on a short busking tour this weekend. “Years ago, it was just me and a suitcase of CDs,” he explains. “We used to get 50 people. Now it’s stage, a soundman, telling councils in advance. We might play to 3,000 people. But busking is something we’ve always done, a unique part of what Passenger is. And part of it is selfish too. Promo can feel like a conveyor belt – but if I include busking on a promo tour, it means I get to play to the real fans every day.”
Tracklist: 1 Hell Or High Water 2 Why Can’t I Change 3 Heart To Love 4 Let’s Go 5 Eagle Bear Buffalo 6 Ghost Town 7 Runaway 8 He Leaves You Cold 9 To Be Free 10 Survivors
The Indie Edition is Dark Blue heavyweight single vinyl plus download code.
The Deluxe 2CD includes 10 Track album, 2nd CD includes 10 live acoustic versions recorded across North America in April 2018
The Standard LP is heavyweight vinyl with download code
The Deluxe 2LP includes 2 heavyweight albums. The second album includes 10 live acoustic versions recorded across North America in April 2018, plus download code.
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