May 25, 2018
Ok …. This is a big one !!!
some of you may have guessed from recent activity and our not so cryptic post earlier this week that I have a new album coming out ….
its called “runaway” and ridiculously It will be my 10th studio album (I must be getting old ….)
I am unbelievably proud of this group of songs and I can’t wait for you guys to hear them all !!!
I need to explain a few things first though as I guess its a bit of a concept album (nothing weird …. I promise)
Towards the end of last year I was playing through all of the songs that I had . We were booked to go in to the studio in January so I was trying to figure out which ones might make it on to the record .a
It was at this moment that I started to notice a theme emerging . A really strong sense of “Americana” – Not only in the style of writing but also a few of the songs were specifically about people or places in the united states .
Some of you may know that I am half American , I’ve spent a lot of time in the states both growing up and more recently touring and I have always listened to / been heavily influenced by a huge amount of American music .
Over the next few days I thought about this a lot and It struck me that the songs could work fantastically well coupled with big , American visuals . You may see where this is heading …;-)
A few months later and once the album had been recorded , I and three of my best buddies set off on an epic American road trip ….
the team consisted of @jarrad Seng photography ( film maker and photographer extraordinaire ) @stu larsen ( long time touring companion / excellent tour manager / singer songwriter / photographer / driver etc etc) and chris Vallejo (producer of the last 5 passenger albums / engineering genius )
The goal was to create a different video for each track on the album in a different part of the states …. Optimistic considering we had just over three weeks to do it in …..
On top of this we also wanted to create a really special set of acoustic versions , recorded and filmed in a variety of different spots as we journeyed around . The first of which is attached . Its a live version of “hell or high-water” on Venice beach in California at sunset . I hope you enjoy it 🙂
This is to compliment the “official” video that we released last week and I’m sure a lot of you have seen by now (thank you again for the insanely lovely feedback !!!!!)
That one was shot in a variety of different national parks across Utah , Nevada , Arizona and California .
So here’s the plan –
We are hoping to release a new song from the record every three weeks . In which time we will share the official and acoustic videos as well as some behind the scenes footage from our trip to give you an insight in to the songs , the making of the videos and some of us all behaving like stupid idiots …. In fact mainly that … 🙂
We will also be making each track available to download and stream as they come out .
A great way of making sure you get these songs as soon as possible is to pre order the album which you can do from this link (https://Passenger.lnk.to/RunawayWE)
There are various options to choose from and I’ve written a small explanation on the deluxe versions below for those of you that might be interested .
Thank you all so much for taking the time to read this and I can’t wait to share all of the songs , videos and stories with you over the coming months .
So much love and thanks .