Mike Rosenberg aka Passenger has reached a significant milestone in his music career with the release of his tenth studio album RUNAWAY via Black Crow Records. With unforgettable melodies, the record is is heavily influenced by his travels through North America. The success continues, with the official music video for his number one single Let Her Go also hitting 2 billion views on YouTube last week.
Despite being recorded between the UK and Australia, RUNAWAY sonically draws on Americana, for instance the early work of Ryan Adams with some lap steel, some mandolin, a little banjo all courtesy of Benjamin Edgar. Rosenberg is also joined on the album by bassist Rob Calder, drummer Peter Marin and keyboard player Jon Hansen.
Co-produced by Chris Vallejo, the 10 tracks on the record unfold against a backdrop of American terrain, Rosenberg spent three weeks road-tripping across the country to capture visual accompaniments to the aural landscapes. The video for Hell Or High Water, the opening track and first single from the album takes us straight into the heart of this vision.
While RUNAWAY showcases Passenger’s radio-friendly sound represented by Let Her Go, and his most recent single Heart To Love, the record also reflects his more poignant and thought-provoking singer-songwriter side with the track Ghost Town. A ballad about the demise of the motor industry in Detroit, Rosenberg explains “I played a gig there a few years ago and got chatting to people afterwards. It’s such a sad story and I wasn’t quite prepared for my reaction to it.”
To Be Free, the penultimate track on the album is about Rosenberg’s grandparents. “They were Jewish refugees who went to America after the war finished. It’s a long and tragic story, and I never thought I’d write a song about it…That song is very important to the record and very important to me as well.”
RUNAWAY closes with another grand track. A song about navigating through life, Survivors is about many things from living in 2018 with climate change and Donald Trump to life and love, and all the big questions. The accompanying music video for the track features Rosenberg amongst the hustle and bustle of the city that never sleeps – New York.
Rosenberg will be returning to Australia this November – solo this time, after he brought in a full band for 2017 Young As The Morning tour. Don’t miss your chance to see him debut tracks from his new album. RUNAWAY is available on all platforms to purchase now!
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