An album of lush arrangements, blissfully hypnotic vocals and emotionally rich subject matter, Roo Panes’ sophomore albumPaperweights will be released worldwide onMarch 4, 2016 via CRC Music. Since releasing his debut full length album Little Giant in 2014 to critical acclaim, Panes has racked up in excess of
30 million plays on Spotify and over a million total YouTube views. He has been described byUncut as a ‘Britfolk pin up’ whose music ‘taps a deep well of folk heritage.’ Q Magazine has said Panes finds ‘a positive message in thoughts best left in the dark of night.’ Offering a fresh, matured collection of songs, Paperweights was produced by Rupert Coulson (Portishead, Oasis, Robbie Williams).
Lead album single “The Original” has picked up plays from Lauren Laverne at 6Music and Annie Mac + Phil Taggart at Radio 1. “A little while back I had the pleasure of playing a show at the Union Chapel,” says Panes. “One of my favourites to date, it was one of the first live performances of ‘The Original’, so it seemed fitting to gather some of the footage from the event and relive the memory!”
Watch the beautifully shot behind-the-scenes video for “The Original” HERE.
Panes’ upbringing in Wimborne, once home to novelist Thomas Hardy, proved more inspirational to his writing than any sessions in the company of a parent’s record collection. The natural beauty of Dorset’s open spaces – and those of the Lake District, a place he loves to visit – have become woven into the fabric of his craft. The peace, the silent solitude: it’s here that Panes feels more alive with ideas. There’s a pastoral warmth to his music that couldn’t have manifested had its roots been laid within urban limits.
Panes is a succinct, honest craftsman who writes from a place of deep personal expression that resonates with universal truths and desires. His deep voice and timeless storytelling cloak his art in a classic sense that seems wise beyond his years.