* As a treat to fans, Mike livestreamed a playing of Patchwork on Youtube, which I've linked here.
In typical Passenger fashion, Mike Rosenberg delivers intimate, thoughtful folk-pop ballads that make listeners grapple with their humanity. His effectiveness in songwriting is in meeting the listeners where they are, and his talent is unmatched in this area. The lyrics of “Swimming Upstream” are lived everyday by many of us, “Staring at a screen that I don’t get much from. Staring so long, can’t see wood from the trees. Or the birds from the bees.” Rosenberg is able to verbalize specific feelings with relatable imagery in a way that sets him apart, and has built him a considerably loyal following.
Release date: July 10, 2020
Similar artist(s): Vance Joy, Kodaline, Milky Chance
Top tracks: Sword from the Stone, Swimming Upstream, Summer Rain