Artist info

Genre

Pop, Roots


Sounds like

Josh Pyke, Iron and Wine, Ray La Montagne


band members

Mike Rosenberg


Influences

John Prine, Bob Dylan, Neil Young


Bio

The brainchild of 26-year-old Brighton born singer/songwriter Mike Rosenberg, Passenger is redefining the troubadour for the 21st century. Formerly a five-piece band, Passenger has now pared back to basics, quite literally bringing music to the streets on a series of lengthy busking journeys across Australia, America and the United Kingdom. A classic journeyman musician, cut from the same mould as Van Morrison, Neil Young and John Prine, Passenger has the unique ability to move from the humorous to heartbreaking with every song. After six months spent crisscrossing the UK with his debut album Wicked Man’s Rest, Passenger’s markedly stripped down and soulful second album Wide Eyes Blind Love was brought to the public as it was created: on the road. Setting up on street corners across the UK and Australia, Passenger halted passers by in their hundreds; all connecting to the mellifluous tones and powerfully hewn lyrics emanating from this lone figure and his guitar. This is music as Passenger means it to be, unvarnished and honest, just pure talent and powerful tunes that tap straight into the crowd. Struck by the dynamic freedom of the troubadour life, Passenger developed the grass roots method of Wide Eyes Blind Love into the germ of a new album. Impressively and entirely funded by monies pooled from busking, Passenger set about recording a series of collaborations with musical friends met along the way. Flight of the Crow is the remarkable result of Passenger’s intrepid journey, with Australian artists Lior, Josh Pyke, Katie Noonan, Boy & Bear, Kate Miller Heidke, Philadelphia Grand Jury, Brian Campeau and Elana Stone, Matt Corby, Jess Chalker and Dead Letter Chorus all lending their voices to this serendipitous creative venture. Flight of the Crow was recorded in Sydney’s famous BJB studios over February and March of 2010, and co-produced by Berkfinger (AKA Simon Berkleman from Philadelphia Grand Jury). As a second album born of the road, Flight of the Crow speaks to the compelling quality of Passenger’s music and the striking sincerity of his lyrics, both of which are matched by his dedication to this grass roots style of craftsmanship and collaboration. How utterly remarkable that a lone musician can travel the globe, and literally from the street, connect with some of Australia’s finest musical talents to produce a self-funded album. This is the stuff of legend, with Passenger clearly evoking the humble, hardworking creativity of the troubadours of old. Please contact dan@iemusic.co.uk

Review

Reviewed by James Harvey James Harvey

14 Jan 2014

50

Mike thanks for ...

Mike thanks for creating such incredible music, your songs are honestly masterpieces. I swear if I turn out to be half as good of a lyricist as you, I will be a happy man. Your song "Things you've never done" is perfect, I don't think i've ever related to a song more in my life. Good luck in the future man, I hope one day to be able to grace the same stage as you.

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mk17

27 Sep 2012

50

utter brilliance...

utter brilliance.

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Mortball

23 Apr 2012

50

Such an incredib...

Such an incredible songwriter, musician, performer and entertainer. I still don't understand why Triple J don't play more music like Passenger's. I have such an appreciation for his songwriting skills.

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