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Shacklewell Arms, London
Wed, 20/02/2013 20:00
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Sweet Baboo is pleased to announce his new single ‘Let’s Go Swimming Wild’ will be released on February 11th through Moshi Moshi Records.

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.

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.

‘Let’s Go Swimming Wild’ conjures images of rugged coastlines and losing yourself and your troubles in the sea. A restless soul, Black is indebted to the Welsh countryside; the Wales Tourist Board responded by using his song ‘How I’d Live My Life’ in a series of TV adverts.

Over the last few years, Sweet Baboo has played at SXSW, Latitude, Green Man and The Camden Crawl, toured Europe with the likes of Johnny Flynn, Slow Club and Islet as well as recording radio sessions with 6Music’s Marc Riley, Radio 1’s Huw Stephens and 6Music’s Stuart Maconie.

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.

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