Music– I’ve recently begun expanding my collection of folky-alternative, easy listening music. My first soft-spoken love was The Fray, followed by Coldplay, and the sweet acoustics of Mumford and Sons. I’d been binging on the beautiful angst of Ed Sheeran for awhile and knew it was time for a fresh sound.
Enter: All the Little Lights by Passenger.
Singer Michael David Rosenberg hails from Brighton, England and All the Little Lights is his third solo album. His music has an indie-pop vibe mixed with a mellowing dose of acoustic folk (At least, that’s how I would describe it). There is a certain intimacy about his music, a solo singer who produces his own acoustics, and for this reason (I’ve been told), his live performances are incredible.
Passenger is probably best known for the hit single, “Let Her Go,” but feel like his other tracks are often overlooked due to the popularity of this one song. A few of my favorite tracks on this album are: “Things That Stop You Dreaming” and “Holes.” “Things that Stop You Dreaming” is about dealing with the difficulties in life, learning to appreciate what you have and continuing to pursue the things you love. It’s a bit melancholy but also uplifting.
“Holes” is a quick paced song with a strong beat that shows Passenger’s inclination towards lyrical songwriting. There are two storylines introduced in “Holes”: man who has lost everything, left with no money in his pocket, and a woman abandoned by her husband, left to care for four young children. The song talks about the holes we bear in our own lives–things we’ve lost, struggles we deal with, hardships–but ends on an uplifting note, that through all the troubles we experience, life goes on, and we carry on.