Sugarplum Fairies Return With “Sugarfree 2021”

Sugarplum Fairies have announced their new collection Altar Songs 1998-2021 and share the third single, "Sugarfree (2021)"
Sugarplum Fairies release "Sugarfree (2021)"

Sugarplum Fairies have announced their new collection Altar Songs 1998-2021 and share the third single, “Sugarfree (2021),” a dreamy re-imagination of their 90’s track, featuring drums by late Mazzy Star drummer Keith Mitchell. Sugarplum Fairies’ collection of renditions and re-imaginations of their 90’s tracks, produced and mixed by Marlon Rabenreither of Gold Star and (re)mastered by Timothy Stollenwerk for Stereophonic Mastering (Bonnie “Prince” Billy, The Dandy Warhols).

Frontwoman Silvia Ryder shares that: “Sugarfree” is about that femme fatale that shows up at the end of your birthday party and not only steals the show but also your boyfriend.” On the track, Ryder’s breathy Nico-esque croon blends seamlessly into a dreamy backdrop of cinematic textures and orchestral arrangements, creating a lush tapestry of sounds. Moody and evocative, Sugarplum Fairies’ timeless re-imagination sounds like it could be lifted straight out of a Wes Anderson film or a Velvet Underground B-Side. The accompanying music video features footage from the archives of iconic Viennese visual artist Mercedes Helnwein for a perfect cinematic accompaniment.

Altar Songs 1998-2021 features numerous collaborations with original Uncle Tupelo/Wilco drummer and producer Ken Coomer, late Mazzy Star drummer Keith Mitchell, Jebin Bruni (Public Image 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.

The compilation includes a new track titled “Tears” and three re-imagined/re-recorded versions of previously released tracks: “Heart Hell 2021 (feat. Sid Simons of Girl Skin and Beechwood)”, “Sandy Says 2021”, and “Sugarfree 2021”. The aforementioned tracks have been produced and mixed by Marlon Rabenreither of Gold Star; all songs have been (re)mastered by Timothy Stollenwerk for Stereophonic Mastering (Bonnie “Prince” Billy, The Dandy Warhols).