Sweet Baboo is Stephen Black, a native of the North Wales countryside and a single-minded, idiosyncratic, contrary singer-songwriter who possesses an ear for a sparkling melody, a restless soul, and a gift for a deft lyrical turn; from darkly funny to piercingly tender, twinklingly boastful to deliciously self-deprecating.
As well as releasing his acclaimed I’m a Dancer/Songs About Sleepin’, over the last twelve months Sweet Baboo has played at Latitude, Green Man, SXSW and The Camden Crawl, as well as touring Germany with Johnny Flynn and the UK with Islet. He has also been invited to record sessions for BBC 6 Music’s Marc Riley, Huw Stephens and Stuart Maconie. Notably, Black’s song How I’d Live My Life (AKA The Bumblebee Song) soundtracked a series of TV spots for the Visit Wales tourist board campaign in 2010.
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. This year alone Black has played on albums by Cate Le Bon, Slow Club and H. Hawkline, and has been a regular part of the touring line-ups for all three bands. He has also performed with and produced Euros Childs, The Voluntary Butler Scheme and Spencer McGarry Season and collaborated onstage with Gruff Rhys.
Stephen will tour with Slow Club in September and plans to return to the studio to record an album early next year.
“His indie-pop odes are distinguished by understated guitar chops and a droll rural vernacular…” – Mojo Magazine