NEWS: Sweet Baboo announces new album 'The Wreckage' & UK tour 1

NEWS: Sweet Baboo announces new album ‘The Wreckage’ & UK tour

Sweet Baboo is back! Stephen Black, the most unique of songwriters, with his playful sense of fatalism and humour, brings out a new album in the New Year.

The Wreckage’ is his first long player in five years, after working on his Group Listening project, touring with Gruff Rhys, and Cate Le Bon, and playing on the work of many other Welsh artists.

We’ve already enjoyed new song ‘Hopeless‘, and a fresh single ‘Good Luck‘ is released today.

Interestingly, ‘Good Luck‘ is written by fellow Welsh singer-songwriter H Hawkline, Black inviting him to write some lyrics but coming back with what he fancies to be one of the strongest tracks on the album.

I asked my friend H Hawkline to write me a song for the album as I thought it would be interesting to have another lyrical voice to contrast with mine. Little did I know he was going to write the most radio-friendly song on the album. You’ll have to ask him what it’s about but to me it’s like the opposite idea to ‘Hopeless’. Always optimistic, never giving up. There’s an air of sadness.”

Good Luck‘ is optimistic yet realistic, the wonky lo-fi nature is peppered with the clarinet and xylophone and features Boy Azooga’s Davey Newington, plus Group Listening band mate and Sweet Baboo stalwart Paul Jones, and Hawkline himself on bass and electric guitar.

The Wreckage is released on Amazing Tapes From Canton on 23 January 2023.

Tour dates:

October 2022

23 Oct – Cardiff, Swn Festival

February 2023

15 Feb – Birkenhead, Future Yard

16 Feb – Glasgow, Hug & Pint

17 Feb – Sunderland, Pop Records

21 Feb – Hastings, Marine Fountain

22 Feb – London, The Victoria

23 Feb – Ramsgate, Ramsgate Music Hall

24 Feb – Brighton, Komedia Studio

25 Feb – Oxford, Florence Park Community Centre


1 Mar – Manchester, Deaf Institute

2 Mar – Halifax, The Grayston Unity

3 Mar – Leeds, Hyde Park Book Club

4 Mar – Aldershot, West End Centre

10 Mar – Totnes, New Lion Brewery

11 Mar – Falmouth, Cornish Bank

12 Mar – Stroud, Prince Albert

17 Mar – Rhayader, The Lost Arc

22 Mar – Leicester, The Firebug

24 Mar – Birmingham, Sunflower Lounge

25 Mar – Nottingham, JT Soars, Nottingham

Sweet Baboo Wreckage 2022 photo credit (c) Emma Daman Thomas

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