Songs for the Drunk and Broken Hearted is the twelfth studio album by English singer-songwriter Passenger. It was recorded since 2019 and released on 8 January 2021 by Black Crow Records. All profits from the album go to Ecologi and Eden Reforestation Project, a nonprofit organization that works in developing countries to rebuild natural landscapes destroyed by deforestation. A tree will be planted for every physical copy of the album sold via the Passenger store.
Before releasing Songs for the Drunk and Broken Hearted, Passenger wrote and recorded his standalone record, Patchwork during the 2020 coronavirus lockdown, alongside producer Chris Vallejo and guest musicians Andrew Philip and Richard Brinklow. It was made along partnership with The Trussell Trust, a NGO organization that focused on food banks charity in United Kingdom. Mike Rosenberg confirmed that the album was originally in process of recording back before the coronavirus pandemic.
Rosenberg stated that he spent most of time recording in Sydney. The initial release of the album was supposed to be in the early 2020, but later pushed back to the early 2021 due to the COVID-19 lockdown.
The idea of making Patchwork as a complete acoustic record made him tempted to give more sound varieties, thus later presented in Songs for the Drunk and Broken Hearted. During lockdown making Patchwork, several songs were later added in the album. Even though, due to his small-spaced home studio, the recording session was made separately.
On 25 January 2020, "Sandstorm" was teased as an acoustic version on YouTube, and an acoustic version of "Sword from the Stone" was included as the first track on Patchwork (named as Patchwork version).
Rosenberg stated that he wrote lyrics for the album when he was newly single, and almost related to his life; about being in breakups, drunk, and dealing with life in general. He added: "I think it's a very strange world we live in, and everything I experienced usually percolates around the brain box for a little bit and then gets channeled into the songwriting, so a breakup is no different. It’s a very extreme version of that."
The physical packaging of the album, along with all CDs and vinyl sold via Passenger's official store, is made of 100% recycled materials.
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