Image Courtesy of Passenger
“I only came inside to get out of the rain
And by the looks of things she may well have done the same”
Given the volume of quality folk music that has been released this year I was pretty sure I had my top five tracks of 2010 locked in. Then comes along this gem from UK singer-songwriter Passenger featuring Aussie boys Boy & Bear and blows everything out of the water. “Shape of Love” has the potential to be the upset song of the year and nobody saw it coming.
“I stir my tea, throw a wayward cigarette,
I watch her shivering in a rain sodden dress,
I know her makeup runs and her hair may be a mess,
But she’s the shape of love”
The premise is simple: guy ducks into a cafe to get out of the rain, sees the perfect woman doing the same, and hopes the rain never stops so the moment will never end. Simple. But the execution is what makes this an absolutely cracking song. From the driving, brushed drum beat, to the banjo part through the musical breaks to the subtle mandolin chords simmering below the surface of the melody, “Shape of Love” is just a joy to listen to.
“I don’t ever, want the rain to stop,
I don’t ever, want leave this coffee shop,
And I don’t ever, want the clouds to part,
Cos the shape of love’s the only shape that fits my heart”
Mike Rosenberg, the mastermind behind Passenger, has a soothing rootsy voice which fits well with this kind of sweet, innocent music. I’ve heard comparisons with James Blunt but I think there’s a smoother quality to Rosenberg’s lyrical style. He’s complimented well with Boy & Bear’s Dave Hosking singing the harmonies and verses of his own, and it’s obvious both vocalists are having a lot of fun with the simplicity of the song (you can just see the pair nodding their heads with the beat).
“Cos I don’t know where this one’s going to end,
Or how it may begin,
She’s the shape of love”
“Shape of Love” is the first outing from Passenger’s forthcoming album Flight of the Crow featuring the creme of Australia’s musical talent. You can download the song here or listen to it below. Flight of the Crow will be released September 17th. Single of the year? Well, there’s only a few months left to work that out.