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New Album spotlight and show tomorrow

Posted in Uncategorized by vinylrecordsunc on November 19, 2008

I just bought a new album today and I wanted to give it a review since I haven’t had much luck finding a better one online. Sweet Baboo is Stephen Black, from the Northern Hills of Wales and now based out of Cardiff the capital. Along with a rotating assembly of musicians he has come out with an album called The Mighty Baboo on British label Businessman Records.

It’s a whimsical collection of all of the various influences on the album, which include Tom Waits (not vocally, but in terms of song writing style) who is mentioned in several songs and even in the title of “Tom Waits Ripoff”, Daniel Johnston, Jonathan Richman, and Fionn Reagan. There are slow ballads like the opening track titled “Recaping all my other songs” interestingly enough. Yet he displays his affection for the country strum and twang with the very next cut called “Good lord the sun (Good lord the sun) is gonna smile,” a song that recalls slow Desert waltzes and hope in the face of despair. There is slide guitar, choral arrangements, muted horns, ukelele and a good deal more instruments on this multi-genre effort.

Although only thirty minutes long, give or take, the album is truly a rambling journey through the musical eclecticism of this Welsch artist who has the potential to reach the level of stardom of fellow countrymen Super Furry Animals and Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci, even playing bass on stage with the solo project of Gorky frontman Euros Childs.

His website is absolutely bonkers, but for some reason I really like it, and don’t ask me how but after a barrage of strange photos and disturbing flashes I got to his blog which is worth a read if you like his music. Stephen Black has really become another incarnation of Beirut aka Zach Condon, with similar tendencies to interesting musical arrangements overlayed by soft, floating vocals.

have a listen at his myspace, he’s not half bad

see below for details on a great midweek show

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