In the old days, record sales were everything. Bands measured their success by gold and platinum discs. With the advent of the internet – and more specifically the ability to stream music at the push of a button – the measure of success gradually changed. In a world of Spotify and Apple Music users, Roo Panes is a runaway success, having had his music streamed millions of times.
In 2018, singer songwriter Roo Panes released his album ‘Quiet Man’ to critical acclaim. A performer often likened to Nick Drake, he promoted the album with an extensive run of live dates including a sold out show at London’s Shepherd’s Bush Empire.
A year on, ‘Quiet Man’ is to receive a deluxe reissue. The new edition includes three previously unreleased studio tracks – including the new single ‘Commentator’ (listen below) and six live tracks recorded at the Shepherd’s Bush gig.
Back in April, Roo Panes released a digital single ‘My Sweet Refuge’. Its sparse and haunting qualities drew comparisons to Nick Drake from many, partly due to the songs fragility, but also it’s obvious Englishness.
Three months on, Roo has released a new video. ‘Sketches of Summer’ is taken from his 2018 album ‘Quiet Man’ which was released via CRC Records in June.
It’s got the haunting piano of parts of Nick Drake’s back catalogue and the deep, chocolatey tones of Gomez. The new single from British alt-folk act Roo Panes is a maudlin treat, indeed.
Taken the their forthcoming album ‘Quiet Man’, out via CRC Records on June 15th, if the new single is indicative of the rest of the full length, those who like a deep, late night listen are in for something very enjoyable.