Sugarplum Fairies are again with a bang, and have really outdone themselves this time. After a lot lead up and anticipation, the long-lasting 90’s dream pop outfit are again, however this time it’s all Silvia Ryder. The Viennese artist/chanteuse shares a set of contemporary renditions of her 90’s hits, remastered and re-imagined. ‘Altar Songs (1998-2021)’ serves as a snapshot of Sugarplum Fairies’ evolution from its 1998 origins as a Vienna-raised/California-based husband and spouse duo, which – after a private and artistic break up in 2013 – resulted within the moniker for a rotating inventive collective spearheaded by Ryder herself.
Reclaiming company in these new musical renditions, the songs featured spotlight Ryder’s gorgeous breathy vocals and signature folks noir sound. With hits like “Maintain On To Me” and “Malta Smile 55” and in addition a model new observe, “Tears” (the tasks’ first model new track in years!), the album feels huge in scope, expansive, and extremely cinematic. Tracing Sugarplum Fairies’ sonic journey from their shoegaze-infused dream-pop roots to jangly classic guitar pop, the whole lot is tied collectively by Ryder’s signature Nico-esque hypnotic croon and a genre-defying mélange of non-traditional devices – accordion, harmonium, omnichord, and Baldwin Enjoyable Machine to call just a few. The result’s an LP that feels prefer it needs to be set to attain the subsequent Wes Anderson movie due to its sweeping cinematics, storytelling, and delicate idiosyncrasies.
‘Altar Songs’ feels half dream diary, half coded messages, and half cynical musings on life, however altogether one thing of one other time and area altogether. One would possibly hear this in Ryder’s poetic lyricism, or see this in her extremely aesthetic music movies which have accompanied the string of subsequent singles main as much as this bigger launch. The gathering additionally encompasses a significantly spectacular listing of collaborators together with: authentic Uncle Tupelo/Wilco drummer and producer Ken Coomer, late Mazzy Star drummer Keith Mitchell, Jebin Bruni (Public Picture Ltd, Fiona Apple) on bass and keyboards, Joey Waronker (drummer for Beck and REM), Gus Seyffert (bassist for Beck, Norah Jones), cellist Martin Tillman (Elvis Costello, T Bone Burnett), and horn-section mastermind Danny T. Levin (Iggy Pop, Rilo Kiley) amongst many others. Produced and combined by Marlon Rabenreither of Gold Star and (re)mastered by Timothy Stollenwerk for Stereophonic Mastering (Bonnie “Prince” Billy, The Dandy Warhols).
Created with the assistance of highly-esteemed visible artists and videographers, musical aficionados, and manufacturing masterminds, ‘Altar Songs’ really is a feat unto itself. Equally nostalgic and timeless, these songs harken again to recollections of Sugarplum Fairies as they had been, whereas additionally paving the way in which for the band as they’re at present.