Boombox balladeer Sweet Baboo – aka North Wales native Stephen Black – announced that his new album ‘Wild Imagination’ would be out on 2nd June a couple of weeks ago.
Designed as a kind of antidote to the turbulent times we’re living in (it was originally going to be called ‘Positive Recordings’), Stephen also shared the sweet, lo-fi first single ‘Badminton.’ Now he’s given us more of an idea of what to expect from the new record, revealing the title track, an upbeat number filled with vintage electronic percussive beats that may or may not have been done on a Casio and twinkling, arpeggiated synths.
Speaking of the new track, Stephen said: “I’m hoping that the sentiment of the song is pretty universal. As with a lot of this album, I wanted to convey the same sense of hope and joy I feel when I listen to Robert Wyatt or Arthur Russell singing. Musically, I love the mix of Jeff Lynne acoustics, cheap drum machine, Talking Heads keyboard riffs and Wings guitar licks and the middle eight is lifted straight from the Euros Childs songbook.”
Listen to ‘Wild Imagination’ and see all of Sweet Baboo’s upcoming UK tour dates below.
13 Ramsgate, Ramsgate Music Hall
14 Brighton, The Prince Albert
15 London, The Lexington
16 Cardiff, Clwb Ifor Bach
17 Bristol, Thekla
18 Manchester, Soup Kitchen