Artists You Need To Know – Passenger
November 11, 2011
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Image courtesy of Passenger's Official Facebook Page
If you aren’t already aware of Mike Rosenberg, allow me to remedy the situation now.
Last night I had the distinct pleasure of attending a live performance by the “band” Passenger. I use the quotation marks because Passenger is actually only one man – Mike Rosenburg. However, he’s one of the most talented musicians I’ve come across in a very long time. Tickets had been purchased well in advance and rightly so – his original show sold out so quickly that a second one was organised by popular demand.
Passenger is the kind of performer who has the ability to captivate an audience. He stands a little awkwardly, shifting his weight and seeming a little uncomfortable being in the spotlight. There’s no attitude, no rock-star aura. He’s just a man who has found his talent. When he speaks, he is self-effacing, engaging and almost apologetic for the music he performs. But when he starts playing and singing, his talent is absolutely unmistakable.
Of course his mellow, folk sound isn’t for everyone. With many of his songs resoundingly bittersweet, I doubt that you’ll hear him on mainstream radio anytime soon. Which to me is disappointing. He writes from personal experience and with emotion that everyone can relate to. Many of his songs reflect some kind of loss and the pain of unrequited love. Naturally though, his talent shines through just as well in tunes that could easily bind nations together in agreement:
*Advisory – the music video below contains explicit lyrics and a reference to the X-Factor!
If you’re looking for some great new music, you could do much worse than checking out Passenger. For more of his music, check out the links below:
If you like his work, you may also enjoy the music of his friends and supporting acts last night – Ed Sheeran, Stu Larsen and Bree Bullock. In the meantime, I’ll leave you with Passenger’s cover of Simon and Garfunkel’s classic, Sound of Silence. I think you’ll agree that it’s absolutely astounding.