Listen Up - Passenger
With Ed Sheeran running around the world opening people’s minds to a silly British boy with a guitar, Passenger’s time has come.
Passenger used to be a full band, but after one album the members all went their separate ways, leaving lead singer/songwriter Mike Rosenberg to figure out what to do next. Where some artists might give up or try to find new backing musicians, Mike decided to go out on his own, and where better to start that the streets of the UK?
He played his music asking for money (“busking” as they call it across the pond), supporting himself and his burgeoning career at the same time. It has been a few years now, and his tough choice is paying off. Passenger’s music is spreading, and for good reason: IT’S GOOD.
Stylistically, Rosenberg hit the jackpot with timing. He plays his own acoustic guitar and his most recent album is full of other elements, each of which is an accidental barometer of what is happening in music today. As mentioned before, Ed Sheeran is a good comparison, but Passenger has so much more going on.
His latest album ‘All The Little Lights’ (mentioned on Pop! Bang! Boom!’s <a href="http://popbangboom.blogspot.com/2012/12/favorite-of-2012-albums-40-31.html">favorite albums of the year</a> list) also incorporates the songwriting and vocal abandon of James Vincent McMorrow and the folk roots of Mumford & Sons.
Maybe this is a British thing?
“Let Her Go” is his buzz track, and the one that will get you hooked (and it was on our runners-up for our favorite songs of the year).