Ivor Novello Award-winning singer-songwriter Passenger has announced details of his new album ‘Runaway’, which will be released on August 31st on Black Crow Records via Cooking Vinyl and is available to pre-order now. ‘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, aka Brighton’s Mike Rosenberg, will support the album’s release with an extensive world tour across Europe, North America, Australia and New Zealand. The UK leg starts at Edinburgh Queens Hall on August 29th and includes a show at London’s Roundhouse on September 8th. Tickets on sale now from passengermusic.com/live/
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. Released last Friday, his new single ‘Hell Or High Water’ has already been streamed almost a million times, with the video receiving a similar number of views on YouTube. The video for his Ivor Novello Award winning single ‘Let Her Go’ has been viewed almost two billion times. The single reached No.1 in 19 countries, with the accompanying album ‘All The Little Lights’ achieving platinum or multi-platinum status in 11 countries.
Passenger’s 2016 album, ‘Young As The Morning Old As The Sea’ entered the UK charts at No.1, ahead of Bruce Springsteen, and the subsequent tour saw Rosenberg play his largest headline tour to date with a total audience of over 1.4 million across 29 countries, including playing to over 13,500 people at Amsterdam’s ZiggoDome.
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.”
May 25 Glasgow
May 26 Manchester
May 27 London
May 28 Brighton
All busks will start around 12.30pm, location details will be revealed via Passenger socials.
Deluxe formats include original album plus bonus disc/tracks:
1 Survivors – Live from Jedediah Smith Redwood State Park, OR
2 To Be Free – Live from Dauphin Rd, Vineland, NJ
3 Eagle Bear Buffalo – Live from Canaan Mountain Wilderness Area, UT
4 Runaway – Live from Joshua Tree National Park, CA
5 Ghost Town – Live from Michigan Theatre, Detroit, MI
6 He Leaves You Cold – Live from Unityville, PA
7 Let’s Go – Live from Trough Rd State Bridge, CO
8 Heart To Love – Live from a rooftop in Manhattan, NY
9 Why Can’t I Change – Live from Tahkenitch Landing Campground, Gardiner, OR
10 Hell Or High Water – Live from Santa Monica Beach, Los Angeles, CA
Passenger online & social links:
June 14 Festival Of Voice, Cardiff
June 24 Black Deer Festival, Kent
Headline European Tour:
Aug 29 Edinburgh, Queens Hall
Aug 30 Glasgow, ABC
Sept 1 Dublin, Vicar Street
Sept 2 Belfast, Ulster Hall
Sept 4 Manchester, Albert Hall
Sept 5 Birmingham, O2 Institute
Sept 8 London, Roundhouse
Sept 9 Brighton, Dome
Sept 15 Munich, Tonhalle
Sept 17 Zurich, Volkshaus
Sept 18 Milan, Alcatraz
Sept 21 Copenhagen, VEGA
Sep 22 Stockholm, Göta Lejon
Sept 24 Berlin, Astra
Sept 26 Amsterdam, AFAS Live
Sept 27 Koln, Live Music Hall
Sept 29 Antwerp, Trix
Sept 30 Paris, YOYO
‘RUNAWAY’ IS RELEASED AUGUST 31 ON BLACK CROW RECORDS VIA COOKING VINYL