Sweet Baboo is releasing his new single 'Let's Go Swimming Wild' on Moshi Moshi on February 11th. Today is the last day the Mp3 is available for free download on his Facebook page here or in return for an e-mail address here.
Having sold out the Shacklewell Arms on the 20th February and the Round House as part of Roundhouse Rising on 18th February, Sweet Baboo announces a new headline show at The Lexington in London on 23rd April. Ticket link here.
'Let's Go Swimming Wild' is taken from Sweet Baboo's forthcoming album 'Ships'. His fourth record is a concept album about the sea and was recorded with long time collaborator The Voluntary Butler Scheme earlier this year.
The first single has been played on the Radio 1 Breakfast Show by Huw Stephens, been B-listed at 6Music after winning the 'Rebel Playlist' and has been play-listed by XFM.
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 already been shortlisted for the Welsh Music Prize in 2011 for his third album 'I'm A Dancer/Songs About Sleeping', 'Ships' shows Black's evolution as a songwriter and musician is still very much in motion, the new record is a marked step up from his earlier material and reveals that his true talent is only beginning to be revealed.
Black's productivity is all the more remarkable given his extra-curricular activities which have seen him working with an ever-growing array of musicians including Cate Le Bon, Slow Club and H. Hawkline. He has also performed with and produced Euros Childs, The Pictish Trail, The Voluntary Butler Scheme and Islet and collaborated with Gruff Rhys.
Influenced by the likes of The Beach Boys, Daniel Johnston and Gorky's Zygotic Mynci, Black indulges his love of brass heavy pop on 'Ships' - due Spring 2013.
Upcoming UK gigs
February 18th - London (Roundhouse Rising) [SOLD OUT]
February 20th - London (The Shacklewell Arms) [SOLD OUT]
NEW April 23rd - London (The Lexington) [Tickets]