Welsh folk purist Stephen Black who performs under the moniker Sweet Baboo has created an idiosyncratic sound when comparing his last two releases ‘Ships’ and ‘Girl Under a Tree’. On the latter EP, tracks like ‘The Day I Lost My Voice’ hint at a strong Americana influence with the bright, overdriven rhythm guitar and the Conor Oberst-esque mumble. Yet, when Stephen plays, the mind is not drawn West; instead, there is a palpable sense of Cardiff, Stephen’s home town, especially on this year’s album ‘Ships’. Despite his eclectic and far-ranging sound, Sweet Baboo is local music grounded in Welsh Folk roots.
It is there in North Wales where Stephen began finding his tastes and developed an aptitude for music while watching Welsh bands like The Furries and The Gorkys on Top of the Pops and Jools Holland. Sweet Baboo’s nomination in the Welsh Music Prize 2010/2011 brings full circle the line of Welsh influence in music as he as now become a tastemaker in his own right.
Sweet Baboo has sounded its dulcet tones at Latitude, Green Man, SXSW and the Camden Crawl. Despite the hectic touring schedule, Stephen has found time to craft a concept album about the sea titled ‘Ships’. Psychedelic single ‘Let’s Go Swimming Wild’ exudes the vibrancy of youth and the spectacular Welsh coasts Stephen so loves.