STREAMS NEW ALBUM ‘THE BOOMBOX BALLADS’
IN FULL AHEAD OF RELEASE
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 www.sweetbaboo.co.uk/gigs