Announces Rough Trade East Instore on 14th August
Shares new video for ‘You Got Me Time Keeping’
To celebrate the release of his fifth album,The Boombox Ballads on August 14th through Moshi Moshi, Sweet Baboo (aka. Stephen Black) has announced a special solo performance at Rough Trade East on release day (full info is here).
Sweet Baboo has also unveiled the new video for ‘You Got Me Time Keeping’. The song is Black’s attempt to write a song like Scott Walker’s The Electrician, although Walker’s mordant personality and Black’s essentially sunny one meant that it was never going to come out as he hoped and it’s all the better for it. Watch it below…
“I really did try to rip off the middle section to The Electrician”, says Black, seemingly unconcerned about a Blurred Lines-style million-dollar legal case coming his way. “I said to my friend and arranger Paul Jones, “can you write something exactly like The Electrician?” But it ended up very different. I’m not sure why”.
The video features friend Laura Bryon who performs under the name Tender Prey and was filmed in Cardiff by video director and graphic designer Mark James with Ryan Owen Eddleston as director of photography.
On The Boombox Ballads, Sweet Baboo wanted to explore more what it was to be a ‘Singer’ as opposed to a ‘Singer Songwriter’, a term – that to him at least – seems to have picked up some negative connotations in recent years. With that in mind, there was a tentative channeling of Harry Nilsson and latter day Scott Walker (‘You Got Me Time Keeping’) in both his songwriting and by working with an arranger (Paul Jones) for the first time who helped him paint the most vivid accompaniments possible.
A native of the North Wales countryside, The Boombox Ballads follows Black’s Motorhome Songs EP, his 2013’s acclaimed Ships and 2010’s I’m A Dancer / Songs About Sleeping – both nominated for the Welsh Music Prize.
Sweet Baboo’s dry wit and melodic flair have seen him become a firm favourite with BBC 6Music’s Marc Riley (who has had him in session more than any other artist), and deservedly recognised as one of the country’s finest performers.
As well as the Rough Trade instore, Black will embark on a full tour of the UK this autumn, including London’s Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club, plus an appearance at Green Man in August:
Upcoming UK dates
14th August – Rough Trade East, London
20th – 23rd August – Green Man Festival, Wales
16th Sept – Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
17th Sept – Leaf, Liverpool
18th Sept – Leadmill, Sheffield
19th Sept – King Tuts, Glasgow
20th Sept – The Crescent, York
22nd Sept – The Rainbow, Birmingham
23rd Sept – Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club, London
24th Sept – Lamplighter, Northampton
25th Sept – Cluny 2, Newcastle
26th Sept – Deaf Institute, Manchester
27th Sept – Bodega Social Club, Nottingham
30th Sept – Thekla, Bristol
1st Oct – The Old Market, Brighton
2nd Oct – Revelation St Mary’s, Ashford
3rd Oct – The Globe, Cardiff
For headline tour tickets, visit www.sweetbaboo.co.uk/gigs