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Roo Panes
Quiet Man

‘I'm not the man they think I am at home/Oh no no no I'm a quiet man/Quiet man burning out his fuse up here alone’ is not how any of the choruses on the third LP from Roo Panes go. Mostly they sound like stuff that he’s swept up from Bon Iver’s cutting-room floor while Justin Vernon nipped out for a quick game of backgammon with Kanye. His earnestly intense quiver of a voice is accompanied by some earnestly intense instrumentation on Quiet Man - mostly guitar, drums, piano and those little chemtrails of reverb that Olafur Arnalds puts on everything. Bear Grylls probably loves this album.

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Paperweights

Contemporary folk-inspired pop (or is it pop-inspired folk?) from the heart of rural Dorset. Roo Panes follows up last year’s debut Little Giant with Paperweights, a collection of 10 tracks that probe “a place of deep personal expression [while] resonating with universal truths and values”, via voice and guitar. Out on CRC Music.

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Little Giant

Earnest and heartfelt singer-songwritering here from Dorset-born Roo Panes (is that his real name?), 'Little Giant' steers clear of fashions and fads to deliver some beautiful nimbly fingerpicked guitar and Panes's rich, clear voice commanding the listener's attention with some intuitive, emotional folkpop, gently augmented by soft female backing vocals, strings and piano.