Suzie Ungeleider has just released a new track called Baby Blues from her upcoming album My Name is Suzie Ungerleider.
Fans of Americana will be familiar with Suzie’s former persona – she performed in the guise of Oh Susanna for many years, and has toured the UK, with sold out shows at London’s 100 Club and the now-defunct Borderline. So why did she decide on the name change after all these years?
“So here I am, leaving behind
the trappings of a persona
that gave me the courage to
climb up onstage and reveal
what is in my heart”
Suzie says the change represents her recognition that the “exciting, dark, funny, charming” character that she thought was Oh Susanna was actually Suzie Ungerleider all along. “So here I am, leaving behind the trappings of a persona that gave me the courage to climb up onstage and reveal what is in my heart,” she reflects. “It once protected me, but I need to take it off so I can be all of who I am.”
The new track reveals that Suzie’s vocals have lost none of their power, and none of their emotive quality. It’s a song about how the traumatic events we witness when we’re young can haunt and indeed shape our older selves.
Baby Blues is out now with a beautiful accompanying video, created by Christine Fellows using a combination of collage and stop motion animation. Fellows describes her creative process, “Before I made the video, I listened to Baby Blues over and over and over again until it played on a loop in my head all day. I dreamed the song, sat at my work table, flipping through pages and pages of images with my Xacto knife as I listened. The first image that revealed itself to me was the starry sky and the landscape, and everything else followed from there.
” I’m so grateful for the opportunity to spend time with Baby Blues. It’s a perfect song.”
Now based once more in her home town of Vancouver, Suzie made My Name is Suzie Ungerleider with producer Jim Bryson.
My Name is Suzie Ungerleider release date 13 August 2021