Wednesday, June 17, 2009

The Ever So Sweet Sugarplum Fairies


The Sugarplum Fairies are an Los Angeles based 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 Ryder (vocals) and Ben Bohm (guitar, background vocals), the Sugarplum Fairies draw influence from French cultural icons such as Fran├žoise Hardy, Anna Karina, and Jean-Luc Godard, as well as the Velvet Underground, John Lennon, and Lee Hazlewood. The thing is, they sound like a bit more chic and upbeat version of Mazzy Star meeting Ivy on the left coast for some beatnik bluesy fun. It's fabulous pop that even has an accordions in it, which kind of makes sense w/the whole French influence being prevalent.

That brings us to the Sugarplum Fairies’ latest release Chinese Leftovers. It's a record that has it's foot in every sort of pond imaginable without sounding like a mess. The record mixes elements of shoegazing, dusty Americana, beatnik pop and of course bouncy D.I.Y. indie rock, all with a subtle infusion of country-noir and the occasional hint of eclectic Vaudeville. It's fun stuff and the Sugaplum Fairies as their name sort of indicates are a sweet treat!

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