Passenger has announced the release of his new album Songs for the Drunk and Broken Hearted, which will be released in January.
Passenger, aka Mike Rosenberg, has also shared the track which inspired the album’s title A Song for the Drunk and Broken Hearted along with an accompanying video.
In support of the album, which is due for release on 8 January 2021, Passenger is planning an exclusive performance film at London’s Royal Albert Hall. The film will be broadcast on 10 January 2021 with priority access to fans who pre-order the album from his webstore.
The majority of Songs for the Drunk and Broken Hearted was written when Rosenberg was newly 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.”
Speaking about the video which accompanies A Song for the Drunk and Broken Hearted, Passenger explained, “This video was so much fun to make. 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.”