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Tuesday 12 January 2021

Brighton's Passenger Invites Listeners In To His Long-Playing Tales Of A Drunk & Broken-Hearted Universe

Hailing from Brighton, Passenger is a multi-award winning, platinum-selling singer-songwriter. Although still known for his busking, he long ago made the journey from street corners to stadiums.

He (Mike Rosenberg) has just released Songs for the Drunk and Broken Hearted, an album populated by drunk and broken-hearted characters and comprised of tracks mostly written when Rosenberg was newly single: 

"You're incredibly vulnerable for a few months. 

"You're so used to the safety of being with somebody and suddenly you're out in the world on your own. And you get pissed and probably make some bad decisions. 

"It's universal. Most everyone goes through it at some stage."

The album was originally slated for a May 2020 release, but when the global pandemic turned the world upside-down, Rosenberg decided the album wasn't quite done after all. 

A few songs no longer seemed to fit and came off. More importantly, three new songs were added, including album opener Sword from the Stone, which he wrote during quarantine. 
 
Passenger recently released a trilogy of songs and accompanying videos introducing his audience to different characters in his drunk and broken-hearted universe.  


The series began with title track A Song for the Drunk and Broken Hearted, which set the scene in a half empty dive bar with patrons drowning their sorrows, followed by Suzanne, which turned the viewers' attention to an older woman sitting alone reflecting on days gone by, and ended with Remember To Forget, about the irritating guy who"s had one too many and refuses to call it a night. 

Passenger looks forward to returning to the road as soon as it"s safe for everyone and is set to play Brighton (venue to be confirmed) on 5th September 2021. 

All physical packaging of CDs and Vinyl will be made of 100% recycled material, and one tree will be planted for every physical piece sold via the Passenger webstore thanks to a partnership with Ecologi and the Eden Project. CLICK HERE for more info.

by: Mike Cobley



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