North Wales artist Sweet Baboo recently visited Bristol & played a couple of in-stores in two of the city’s most loved independent shops.
Below you’ll find videos of two songs – one from either shop. Despite having a really bad sore throat he put on two great shows, as you’ll see when you scroll down and press “play”.
Back at the start of April the man known to his friends as Stephen Black – & to the rest of us as “Sweet Baboo” – released his latest album, Ships.
It’s a proper shimmering delight of an indiepop album, understated and packed with emotion & tunes & it’s been repped hard by the likes of 6Music though not, until now, by us. Our bad, needless to say, but we’re hoping to make up for that now.
Despite ostensibly being a slight offering, once Ships works it’s way under your skin you’ll realise it for the near perfect collection of songs that it is, ones which you’ll neither be able to nor won’t want to, get out of your heads. Sweet Baboo has been around a while now, getting on for a decade in fact, so it’s great to finally see Stephen getting the credit he deserves.
Stephen’s been touring the album like a thing possessed & has several more dates lined up (see below) but the weekend before last he came to visit Bristol to play a couple of open door in-store shows, one in our local video rental shop, 20th Century Flicks, a truly independent old school rental shop which was celebrating it’s 30th birthday on the same day Sweet Baboo was in the city & is (probably) “the oldest oldest video shop in the world” , and another in one of the city’s independent record shops, Rise Music, a shop who’re probably the very model of what a record shop needs to do to be successful in this age of the internet & both moral & immoral downloading. They run a great online shop too so if you believe in supporting proper bricks & mortar style record shops you should buy all your physical music them right?
The videos were shot by one James Hankins who not only works in Rise but is also a member of the band Olo Worms whose album Yard Is Open we reviewed last year. James also has a very active & entertaining twitter feed.
First up we have for you ‘If I Died…’, recorded at 20th Century Flicks, & secondly we have ‘Bounce’ recorded at Rise.
Those dates we mentioned:
01 – Railway Institute and Club – Bangor
02 – Looking Glass Cafe – Bristol
03- St Pancreas Old Church – London
04 – Toast – Falmouth
05 – The New Inn – Tywardreth
06 – The Taphouse – St. Agnus
07 – B Side Bunters – Truro
08 – Studio Bar – Penzance
09 – Studio Lounge – Totnes
22 – Old Town Festival – Carmarthen
He’s also playing a few festivals. Go HERE to find details of all his upcoming shows.