British singer-songwriter Roo Panes kicks off his 2020 with the announcement today of a new ‘Pacific’ EP (CRC Records). Set for release on May 22nd, it follows the release of his critically acclaimed third album ‘Quiet Man’ last year. Taken from it is the leading single ‘Colour In Your Heart’ which is available to stream today alongside single b-side ‘Pacific’:
While ‘Pacific’ offers that folk-tinged, guitar led and string embellished sound that Roo Panes fans know and love, ‘Colour In Your Heart’ offers something new. While still delivering the heart-felt and earnest emotion he’s renowned for, the atmospheric production, minimal electronic beats and complete lack of guitar suggest a potential new musical direction for this new decade.
Talking about the EP release, Roo explains “The reason I liked the idea
of releasing this a and b side is because on this EP I’ve tried quite a lot of
new ideas and textures, but also have some songs which are more traditionally
me. ‘Colour In Your Heart’ and ‘Pacific’ represent this. ‘Colour In Your Heart’
is a new sound experiment and whilst being excited to share that as a single I
also wanted ‘Pacific’ to be there to show the continuity with my other work.
Together I think they make a really nice pair – both meditative and
sound-scapey in their own way but one which is upbeat and the other more drifty
‘Quiet Man’ was Roo Panes’ third album, following ‘Little Giant’ (2014)
and ‘Paperweights’ (2016). To date his music has been streamed over 287 million
times on Spotify alone, received over 22 million views across Youtube &
Vevo and been supported at radio stations by the likes of Lauren Laverne (BBC 6
Music), Annie Mac and Phil Taggart (BBC Radio 1), Zane Lowe (Beats 1), Jo
Whiley (BBC Radio 2) and Dermot O’Leary (BBC Radio 2).