Having charmed the crowd at last week’s sold-out Shacklewell Arms show in London, talented Welshman Sweet Baboo has announced his new single “If I Died…” set for digital release April 16th. In conjunction he has also debuted a beguiling music video for the song. This spring he will tour the UK in support of his latest full-length record Ships, out April 23rd on storied indie label Moshi Moshi records.
The first single off the record, “Let’s Go Swimming Wild” was A-listed at BBC 6Music, and is receiving air time from Xfm and BBC Radio 1’s Huw Stephens.
A native of the North Wales countryside, Sweet Baboo (aka Stephen Black) is a single minded, idiosyncratic singer possessing an ear for sparkling melody and a gift for a deft lyrical turn – from darkly funny to piercingly tender, twinkling boastful to deliciously self-deprecating. Having worked and played with the likes of Slow Club, Gruff Rhys, Cate Le Bon and Islet, he has already been shortlisted for the Welsh Music Prize in 2011 for his third album I’m A Dancer/Songs About Sleeping.
Influenced by the likes of The Beach Boys, Bill Callahan, Stereolab, Daniel Johnston and Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci, Black indulges his love of brass heavy pop on the new album.
Upcoming UK Tour Dates:
April 22nd – The Firebug, Leicester
April 23rd – The Lexington, London
April 24th – Academy 2, Oxford
April 25th – The Prince Albert, Stroud
April 26th – The Lamplighter, Northampton
April 27th – Chameleon, Nottingham
April 28th – The Yardbird, Birmingham
April 29th – The Basement, York
April 30th – Telfords Warehouse, Chester
May 1st – Fruit, Hull
May 3rd – The Doghouse, Halifax
May 4th – Live at Leeds, Leeds
May 7th – King Tuts, Glasgow
May 8th – Heartattack & Vine, Newcastle
May 9th – Chorlton Irish Centre, Manchester
May 10th – The Bowery, Sheffield
May 11th – Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff
May 17th – Royal Function Rooms, Rochester
May 18th – The Great Escape Festival, Brighton
July 20th – Deer Shed Festival, North Yorkshire
August 17th – Green Man Festival, Wales