Sugarplum Fairies — Sunday, Suddenly •–• Somewhere between Hapsburg and Honkytonk, swaying palm trees and swirling dark espresso, airy minimalism and waltzing Americana, the Sugarplum Fairies play melancholic songs on sparkling instruments.
•–• This is music for when you’ve been up all night but are still in control. Reminiscent of Nico and Leonard Cohen singing duets on accordion and ’58 Les Paul out by the pool at the Beverly Hills Hotel.
Location: Vienna, Austria ~~ Los Angeles, California
Album release: September 18, 2015
Record Label: Starfish Records
01 Blues Run The Game (feat. Charlie Clark) 3:43
02 American Troubadour 2:20
03 Pale Vellum Dreams 2:49
04 1996 4:20
05 When The Devil’s Loose 3:44
06 Dead Body 1:59
07 Dream Number Three (feat. RT Valine) 2:59
08 Levittown 3:29
09 Blue (feat. Taylor Borsuk) 3:59
10 Bonnie Brae 3:14
11 Devil’s Bones 3:29
12 Sunday, Suddenly 2:15
℗ 2015 Starfish Records
♦ This is the end... my only friend, the end.
♦ Anna Karina, Velvet Underground, Francois Hardy, Jean–Luc Godard, John Lennon, Jean–Pierre Melville, Nico, Mazzy Star, Krzysztof Kieslowski, Lee Hazlewood, Girl on the Bridge, red wine...
•–• array of supplementary rotating guest musicians.
KEVIN BRONSON on September 18th, 2015
•–• The folk noir on Sugarplum Fairies’ new album “Sunday Suddenly” comes with one foot in a European sidewalk café and the other boot on a dusty road in the vast American West. In either locale, Vienna–born, L.A.–based singer–songwriter Silvia Ryder sounds appropriately brooding; espresso in hand, journal at her side, she could be gazing at anonymous passers–by on a Parisian sidewalk nor a cactus–dotted horizon, either one. “Sunday Suddenly,” out today, is the seventh Sugarplum Fairies full–length, and the second since Ryder and collaborator Ben Bohm split in 2013. Produced by Marlon Rabenreither of Gold Star/the Sister Ruby Band (he produced Lael Neale’s “I’ll Be Your Man”), the album features guest turns from L.A.–based Scotsman Charlie Clark (gently in the background on “Blues Run the Game”), RT Valine of RT N’ the 44s (dueting with True Grit on “Dream Number Three”) and Taylor Borsuk of Skin & Bones (joining in evocatively on the last call–worthy “Blue”). The album’s Fellini–gone–West moment comes on the gauzy “Pale Vellum Dreams,” which recalls Kendra Smith meets the Dandy Warhols. Especially when paired in the music video (below) with a vintage clip from the Coney Island Amateur Psychoanalytic Society’s Dream Films, it is nocturnal restlessness with shuffle. •–• http://buzzbands.la/
Artist Biography by Jason Birchmeier
•–• The Sugarplum Fairies are an Austrian indie pop/rock duo who mix hushed, melancholic English–language female vocals with jangly, often acoustic guitars over spare folk–rock productions. Comprised of Vienna natives Silvia Rider (vocals) and Ben Bohm (guitar, background vocals), The Sugarplum Fairies draw influence from French cultural icons such as Françoise Hardy, Anna Karina, and Jean–Luc Godard, as well as the Velvet Underground, John Lennon, and Lee Hazlewood. Frequently mentioned as a point of comparison by critics, Mazzy Star, a similarly styled female–singer, male–guitarist duo from the 1990s, are also cited as an influence. The Sugarplum Fairies debuted in 1999 with Flake, released by Starfish Records. The duo’s next two albums, Introspective Raincoat Student Music (2003) and Country International Records (2006), were also released by Starfish; notably, the latter album was produced in Nashville by Ken Coomer, well–known for his work with Wilco.
•–• Somewhere between Hapsburg and Honkytonk, swaying palm trees and swirling dark espresso, airy minimalism and waltzing Americana, the Sugarplum Fairies play melancholic songs on sparkling instruments. Think of an evening gown captured in Kodachrome. Gustav Klimt on Route 66. This is music for when you’ve been up all night but are still in control. Reminiscent of Nico and Leonard Cohen singing duets on accordion and ’58 Les Paul out by the pool at the Beverly Hills Hotel.
•–• On the upcoming album, ‘Sunday Suddenly’, SPF has crafted another expansive collection of austere Angeleno pop. The album was produced and mixed by Marlon Rabenreither (The Sister Ruby Band, Gold Star, Lael Neale), and mastered by Timothy Stollenwerk (Ariel Pink, AA Bondy, Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy). It features guest performances by Charlie Clark (The Reindeer Section, Arab Strap, Snow Patrol), RT Valine (RT n' the 44s) and Taylor Borsuk (Skin & Bones). (Paul Dichter)
•–• “The Sugarplum Fairies play the sort of cinematic dream–pop that drifts down from the dusty rafters and unfolds before the listener like the ghosts of 1000 Hotel California hangovers. The country cousin to Mazzy Star and Portishead, their songs are glimpses through tightly drawn curtains, vignettes of men and women in constant peril of being swallowed up by the vastness of their surroundings; the endless highways, the distant horizons, the wasted lives...” (Old Kentucky Blog)
•–• “Lyrics aren’t more than simple word combinations, stimulating thoughts you wish you’d had... Among softly strummed guitars, an e–bow, mandolin, piano, glockenspiel and occasional Mazzy Star moments, Sugarplum Fairies, stationed in California, manages to represent the complicated stages of being broken–hearted, depressed, funny, hot and spaced out all at once, and without complications.” (Boston Weekly Dig)
•–• “From a world of melancholia and penetrating songs comes Sugarplum Fairies, who are simply one of the best alt rock acts in the world right now, period. These songs are just so catchy and perfect that they feel like they've been around forever...They are the meeting place between the Velvet Underground and the Beatles” (Independent Artist Company/KIAC Radio)
•–• “This amazing, haunting, chilly, beautiful voice sounds more like that Blue Angel who will entrance then destroy you than a sugarplum fairy that will pleasantly dance in your head.” (Roctober)
•–• “They sound like Belle and Sebastian crossed with The Cardigans... chances are the Carpenter–esque style meets Bacharach songsmith of Sugarplum Fairies will reel you in.” (Munchkinmusic Belgium)
•–• “There is moments where I hear a twinge of Aimee Mann, or a touch of The Sundays, or a musical vibe close to Cat Power, but then the music washes over me and I find them nothing but divinely unique. Sugarplum Fairies is nothing less than delicious arrays of brilliant, introspective lyrics, vocals that are calming and hypnotizing and instrumentation that is superb and soothing in effect.” (One Times One)
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