The latest album from Stephen Jones’ project Babybird has been released today. The album titled Photosynthesis, is available to stream in full at the RW/FF Recordings Bandcamp page HERE, where you can also buy copies of the album on ltd gatefold vinyl, CD, digital and ltd double 8cm mini CD.
Stephen Jones spent a lot of time in the 1980s making demo tapes of songs. After landing a publishing deal, he released many of these tracks on a series of independently released albums, which caught the ears of the music press and conquered the indie charts. A record deal came, followed by a string of seven UK Top 40 hit singles during the 90s, when Babybird’s music was too maverick and eclectic to be pinned down and put into a convenient box labelled “Britpop”. Despite this, Jones sold over 2 million records, and was nominated for two Brit Awards. Hollywood legend Johnny Depp became such a big fan that he even paid for Babybird to record the 2010 album Ex-Maniac, as well as playing guitar on a number of songs and directing a powerful music video for the single “Unloveable”. Proving himself to be a master of accessible melodies and captivating hooks, Stephen Jones never lost his appetite for recording strange, imaginative and challenging music.
Since launching his own Bandcamp page in 2012, Jones has reconnected with his DIY roots, exploring new styles and approaches with various other projects as well as Babybird, producing many intriguing albums, all self-recorded and self-released. Independence has allowed him to dig deeper creatively without having to worry about commercial expectations. Released earlier this year, the acclaimed Happy Stupid Nothing compilation collected together some of the best Babybird recordings from the last few years. It gained praise from BBC Radio 6Music, Virgin Radio and many other radio stations worldwide.
A Babybird UK tour has been scheduled for November.
November Tour Dates:
Friday 15th – Exchange, Bristol
Thursday 21st – The 100 Club, London
Friday 22nd – Brudenell, Leeds
Thursday 28th – Hare & Hounds, Birmingham
Friday 29th – Deaf Institute, Manchester
For More Info On Babybird:
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