Let Her Go by Passenger
Lights, Keys, Action! That’s the way the scenes unfold in the first few seconds of Passenger’s “Let Her Go” video where the camera shows a patch of blue and white lights, and then someone’s hands stroking the ebony and ivory of piano keys, followed by lights and then some action sequences.
With a unique slow-paced under voice, of acceptance and recognition, the singer conveys that letting go of someone lets one know how much they love the object of their dismissal. It’s the absence makes the heart grow fonder content with a fresh twist. During the song, the lyrics go through a litany of opposites that make us aware of the other extreme in the same fashion that being without someone can punctuate how much they actually meant when they were present. He also mentions that love comes slow but goes so fast as some people will only need the light when the lights are too dim.
Listeners and viewer get some indie pop, folk rock, and acoustic vibes in the music, however it starts off with him singing with very little music accompaniment as he lends the lyrics in a soothing mellow voice. The words are repeated for impact and emphasis, but the message is powerful and passionate.
In fact, he shows great passion in facial expressions, gestures, and even patting one foot as he sings. One sees how he moves the audience with his simple plain vanilla vulnerability. With almost 120,000,000 views, the official video has every shareable platform on social media, and it has sustained a mega volume of likes.
The British may have invaded again – the airways that is – for its Passenger’s first international success. They debuted in Europe and Oceana and haven’t stopped moving into new territory since. The song was written and recorded by songwriter-singer Passenger (the name of the band as well), a talented artist who got his start in Brighton, England. He gets more than a bit of help from down under – that unique place that’s a country and a continent simultaneously. The video depicts scenes ranging from the stage set-up of a Passenger live concert to concert footage and then interaction with adoring fans as they react to his performance. Now on tour, he previously won the Independent Music Award for Best Song.
In the US, the label of record is Warner Bros. Music, with Sony as distributor and Black Crow Records, Nettwerk and Embassy of Music as other label participants. The song is the second single in the artist’s third album titled All the Little Lights. The music video was directed and produced by the Australian video artist Dave Jense and it was recorded at Sydney’s Linear Recording studio.
Co-producers Mike Rosenberg and Chris Vallejo lent their hands to the project. Adding more Aussie flavor to the mix were Australian musicians Stu Larsen, Georgia Mooney, Stu Hunter, Cameron Undy and Glenn Wilson. It’s no surprise that the song holds a number one position on the charts in Australia. Not to mention that it holds that coveted spot in other places like Finland, Denmark, Sweden, and others.