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  • Vasili Papathanasopoulos


Listen to his new single A Song for the Drunk and Broken Hearted below!

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Mike Rosenberg, better known as Passenger, has announced the release of his twelfth studio album Songs for the Drunk and Broken Hearted. Due out in January next year, the release follows up the musicians album, Patchwork, which was written and recorded in lockdown during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The announcement is accompanied by the release of the records lead single, A Song for the Drunk and Broken Hearted. The tracks music video sees the singer and his bandmates dressed as clowns, playing to an audience of drunk and broken-hearted individuals. The visual gives off Joker vibes, which the musicians says was an inspiration for the music video. “This video was so much fun to make,” Rosenberg shares. “I’m a huge fan of ‘The Joker,’ and as the lyrics in the chorus of the song mention ‘jokers and ‘jesters,’ it felt like the perfect opportunity to dress up like a clown and freak everyone out. The idea of setting it in a really grim and depressing bar room environment really helps bring out the story within the song.”

The record was mostly written when the musician found himself suddenly single. “Coming out of a break-up creates such a fragile window,” he reflects. “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. In some ways, you make it worse for yourself. But it’s a heady moment, losing love and being drunk. And it’s universal. Everyone goes through it at some stage.”

All physical packaging of CDs and vinyl of Songs for the Drunk and Broken Hearted will be made of 100% recycled material, with one tree will planted for every physical piece sold via the musicians offical webstore. This initiative is in partnership with Ecologi and the Eden Project.

Rosenberg was set to spend 2020 travelling the world busking and playing festivals and headline shows. Now postponed until 2021, Rosenberg will host an intimate evening at London’s famed Royal Albert Hall for an exclusive performance film that will be broadcast on January 10, 2021 to celebrate the album’s release.

Songs for the Drunk and Broken Hearted is out January 8, 2021. Watch the music video for A Song for the Drunk and Broken Hearted below.


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