Sugarplum Fairies is the moniker of Vienna native Silvia Ryder, supplemented by an array of rotating guest musicians. The sound of SPF bridges the transatlantic gap with an amalgamation of European pop sensibilities and waltzing Americana folk rock, all tied together by Ryder’s evocative vocals.
On ‘Payday Flowers’, Sugarplum Fairies veers from sleepy shoegaze to eclectic Vaudeville, featuring Lee Hazlewood reminiscent horn arrangements alongside languid soundscapes.
Payday Flowers’ features Ken Coomer (Wilco) on drums, Jebin Bruni (Public Image Ltd, Fiona Apple) on keyboards, Jeff McElroy (Howlin’ Rain) on bass, and Danny T. Levin (Iggy Pop, Rilo Kiley) on horns.
The album was produced and mixed by Marlon Rabenreither (Gold Star), and mastered by Timothy Stollenwerk (Ariel Pink, The Dandy Warhols).
"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)
“Sugarplum Fairies’ folk noir 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 or a cactus-dotted horizon, either one…” (Buzzbands LA)
"Sugarplum Fairies encapsulates a casual elegance with flowing melodies and an ethereal vibe comparative to the works of Big Thief and Beach House. The warm sounds of Payday Flowers will become a vital addition to summer soundtracks." (New Noise)
Sugarplum Fairies spin loungy pop seductions with a classic kind kick...think Nico or Leonard Cohen trading in their Chelsea digs for a poolside chaise lounge at the Beverly Hills Hotel…” (Baeble Music)
“Sometimes, a song can serve as the moral compass for a journey within one's self. That's what the music of Sugarplum Fairies, the brainchild of Los Angeles-based, Vienna-bred singer/songwriter Silvia Ryder explores. Her sad songs are masked behind delicate instrumentation and luscious melodies that make you feel bad about feeling good…” (Purevolume)
“Malta Smile 55” is a T. Rex-y (especially The Slider) mid-tempo charmer with Ryder’s deadpan but still charismatic vocals and some unexpected George Harrison-style horns. It’d make a good fit for those moments when you’re just about finished feeling down-and-out and things are finally ready to start looking up." (LA Record)