And The Unicorn is Sue's 10-song début solo release. Recorded and co-produced in North Wales with award-winning producer/mixer David Wrench (Bear In Heaven, Caribou, The School, James Yorkston, Y Niwl), And The Unicorn presents a mixture of simple and honest tracks that are less typical singer-songwriter and more nostalgic pop - sometimes reminiscent of a female Syd Barrett, Jonathan Richman, or Kevin Ayers.
Having had plenty of electro fun, touring the world and releasing four albums as one half of Robots In Disguise in the Noughties, as well as acting in cult TV comedy series The Mighty Boosh, on this album, Denim has swapped the synths for seagull cries (‘The Plan’) and drum machines for a toy drum kit (‘Bicycle’) on her adventure into a warm, dreamy and sometimes poignant celebration of life, love, books, bicycles and boys on film, delivering a unique view of the world through her easy, free flowing melodies and lyrics.
Musically, And The Unicorn is based around acoustic guitar and piano, with Sue's voice sounding natural, dynamic and intimate. She uses her bass skills to sweet dubby effect on the opening track, 'Bicycle', and plays Velvet Underground style violin on 'I'm Not An Island'. Added to this are electric guitars, massed percussion, layered harmonies, and during recording breaks Sue cycled around Anglesey & Bangor, making field recordings and sometimes referencing the lyrics of the songs - rain in ‘Hollow’, a walk on the pier in ‘The Plan’ – and less literal, more mood- inducing - ticking clocks in ‘For JT & Carson & Emli’.
'This was all part of the plan, dream dates and astral weeks, we're naked, and don't make a stand, I'll meet you on the pier at midnight'
released August 13, 2012
All tracks written by Sue Denim
except Bicycle and I'm Not An Island written by Sue Denim and Gon Gonjaeff
All tracks performed by Sue Denim
Produced by David Wrench & Sue Denim
Engineered and mixed by David Wrench
Recorded at Tŵr Yr Uncorn in Bangor and various locations in North Wales
Sue Denim: Main Vocals, backing vocals, guitars, bass guitar, percussion, violin.
David Wrench: Piano, percussion, drums, synth, electric guitar (Walking Into Walls)
Iags Morrisson: Backing Vocals
Audrey Morse - violin on Pick Me Up
Thank y'all who contributed backing vocals on Pick Me Up, ykwya!
All tracks published by Edward Kassner Music Co. Ltd (except Bicycle & I'm Not An Island, published by Edward Kassner Music Co. Ltd & Copyright Control)
Cover concept - Sue Denim
Cover layout and design - Martina Paukova
Cover photograph - Emli Bendixen
Hand drawn logo - Sue Denim