Passenger Re-Imagines “Circles” with UK Singer/Songwriter Gabrielle Aplin
October 13, 2023 BY Danielle Romeo
Following the announcement of All The Little Lights (Anniversary Edition) with a special version of “Life’s For The Living” feat. Foy Vance, Passenger reveals the album’s next single, a re-imaging of “Circles” featuring acclaimed UK singer/songwriter Gabrielle Aplin. Listen HERE and watch the video HERE.
Ten years ago, UK singer/songwriter Mike Rosenberg, better known by his moniker Passenger, released All The Little Lights, his break-out album featuring the global smash hit “Let Her Go.” The years leading up to the album’s release were filled with personal and professional upheavals and led him to a path of busking across the UK and eventually Australia, where he would record the life-changing album. Now, with billions of streams, countless sold-out global tours, and an unforgettable Super Bowl ad under his belt, Passenger is ready to celebrate everything before, during and after this era with All The Little Lights (Anniversary Edition), set for release on November 10th.
All The Little Lights (Anniversary Edition) sees the seminal album entirely re-recorded and completely re-imagined as Passenger infuses these songs with another decade of experience and wisdom, and calls upon Foy Vance, Gabrielle Aplin, Nina Nesbitt, and longtime friend and touring buddy, Ed Sheeran, for special collaborations. Through it all, he preserves all the spirit and soul of the original whilst breathing new life into these well-loved Passenger staples. Musically richer, vocally stronger and shimmering with a bold beauty, All The Little Lights shines brighter than ever.
“’Circles’ is a really special and quite unique song for me,” Passenger says. “I wrote it about my best friend from childhood. His family lived around the corner from ours and for years we were completely inseparable – it was a simple and happy time. Life happens though – it gets busy, people follow different paths, and it hasn’t always been so easy to spend time together. When we do though, it’s like we’re eight years old again. I feel so grateful to still have that… people who know you so well and for so long are unbelievably precious.”
On collaborating with Aplin, he says, “I’m also so thrilled to have Gabrielle Aplin feature on this new version of the song – I’ve been a massive fan of hers ever since I heard her music over a decade ago. We both supported Ed Sheeran in Australia in 2012, just as the original ‘All The Little Lights’ album was starting to gain momentum. So like so many people involved in the making of this album, this feels like a really lovely full ‘circle’ moment (no pun intended…).”
Aplin adds, “I first met Mike properly when we toured together opening for Ed Sheeran in Australia and New Zealand, but I became a big fan much earlier when I saw him busking in Bath on a college lunch break. He became one of my favourite artists, and I feel so genuinely lucky to know him. These songs have really wonderful memories attached to them, and it’s always been one of my favourite albums. I love this song so much and cannot wait for you all to hear this new version.”
Passenger also recently announced a special album release show at London’s Union Chapel on November 15th, along with a previously announced run of UK Record Store shows, all of which sold-out in under 24 hours.
All The Little Lights was originally recorded in Sydney at Linear Recording and produced by Chris Vallejo, who would become Mike’s longtime collaborator. It quietly transformed into a global phenomenon buoyed by “Let Her Go.” The smash single soared to #1 in 19 countries and reached platinum status in 11 countries, including going 6x – platinum in the United States. It stood out as the #2 most-Shazamed song of all time and #1 most Shazamed Pop Song of all time. Thus far, it has generated north of 2 billion streams and over 3.5 billion views on YouTube. Over the years, Mike has delivered show stopping performances on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Conan, TODAY, and Live with Kelly and Ryan, as well as provided the soundtrack for a multitude of TV and film syncs, including the aforementioned Superbowl Budweiser commercial.
All The Little Lights (Anniversary Edition) – Tracklist:
1. Things That Stop You Dreaming
2. Let Her Go (feat. Ed Sheeran)
3. Staring At The Stars
4. All The Little Lights
5. The Wrong Direction
6. Circles (feat. Gabrielle Aplin)
7. Keep On Walking
8. Patient Love
9. Life’s For The Living (feat. Foy Vance)
11. Feather On The Clyde (feat. Nina Nesbitt)