Shares video for new single ‘Walking In The Rain’ – due Oct 23rd
The Boombox Ballads album out now
Spectacular string of sets at Green Man Festival,
Touring UK from next week
“With a blend of humility and affection wrapped up in hummable melodies, this is a sweet record, ideal for wet summer nights” The Times 4*
“Dealing with the daily humdrum as well as the existentially deep, it’s built on a more ambitious scale than before” Metro 4*
“Ornately eccentric pop which alights upon Randy Newman, Radiophonic Workshop and The Beach Boys” Uncut 8/10
“North Wales’ answer to Harry Nilsson” NME
“Modern psych-folk themes and easy to embrace songs” Mojo
“Scott Walker-ish piano and strings, there is loveliness at work” Q
“One uplifting folk-pop tune after another” Shortlist
“A glorious, emphatic collection of songs showcasing his truly affecting vocal and knack for ridiculously insistent hooks” Clash 8/10
“Oddball pop” Time Out
“Joyous and irresistibly infectious” London In Stereo
“TBB is undoubtedly Stephen Black’s finest album to date. Both musically and lyrically, heartfelt, deep and packed with love songs” Louder Than War 9/10
Fresh from playing no less than 5 times at Green Man Festival, Sweet Baboo is happy to announce his next single ‘Walking In The Rain’.
Taken from the recent acclaimed album The Boombox Ballads, ‘Walking In The Rain’ will be released on Oct 23rd.
Watch the new video directed by Leo Nicholson and Natasha Harrison (Rastamouse) below. Created in cutout animation and inspired by the Wizard of Oz, Sweet Baboo is swept into a whirlwind of umbrellas and some strange new friends.
The folk-pop gem rejoices and embraces the beauty of Welsh weather. Influenced by Randy Newman, Sweet Baboo aka Stephen Black “wanted to capture the quality of those sessions Newman did in 1970s LA where they would have 12 violinists in the studio, we didn’t have the money for that so we cheated and got 3 violinists to play the same part 3 times.”
Sweet Baboo recently joined Radio 1’s Huw Stephens for his ‘It’s Album Time’ feature. Listen back here.
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.
Black has announced a full tour of the UK for autumn including London’s Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club.
Upcoming UK dates
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 tickets, visit here.