SWEET BABOO shares ‘The Boombox Ballads’ new album

August 10, 2015
Kirsten McTernan

Kirsten McTernan

out Friday 14th August

Playing Rough Trade East instore on Friday

In session for Radio 4’s Loose Ends

Touring UK in September

Sweet Baboo releases his fifth album The Boombox Ballads on Friday 14th Augustthrough Moshi Moshi; you can now listen in full to the record, below-

To celebrate the release, he is playing instore at London’s Rough Trade East on Friday at 7pm. Details here.

Additionally he appeared on Radio 4’s Loose Ends over the weekend. Listen back to the session here.

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 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.

Following his spectacular show in London earlier this year – where Stephen was joined by a string quartet and an all new band, Black has announced a full tour of the UK for autumn including London’s Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club.


Upcoming UK dates

14th August – Rough Trade East instore, London (solo) Details

20th – 23rd August – Green Man Festival, Wales (with The Pictish Trail)

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

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