Sugar Wingshiver

physical CD: $10


1. sugar wingshiver
2. luna sea
3. the trance pool
4. we rush beyond all boundaries
5. still a ghost
6. bird on a mission
7. fire in our eyes
8. captured
9. voodoo lily
10. loup garou
11. rise of the sirens
12. in a labyrinth of light
13. honeybee reverie
14. moondial
15. khepri

Written and produced by Paulina Cassidy.

Released through Projekt Records, 2014.

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"This is the latest album from Paulina Cassidy, a multi-talented artist working not only in music but visual art, including tarot and oracle card decks. This album is largely ethereal, gossamer and shimmering, but Cassidy's music dances with the tribal as well. The opening track, "Sugar Wingshiver," is a good example of how she balances these lighter elements with more solid and rooted percussion. The closing track, "Khepri" is also an example of this. Sugar Wingshiver is ideal background music for when you want to support or sustain a contemplative mood. Her music evokes twilight or dust, in-between times and places. Cassidy's work layers sounds on top of each other like lush oriental rugs, although this album has a few tracks that feature sparse or minimalist instrumentation as well. Lyrically, Cassidy seems more interested in images and feeling rather than narrative. Oftentimes, the lyrics fall into rhythm by themselves, rather than having to have one forced or fitted upon them. The majority of the album showcases that kind of floating, gossamer type of aesthetic, with darker moodier tracks popping up here and there." - Gothic Beauty Magazine

"The sound of Cassidy moves in areas which are more ethereal for definition, including the same voice used as a tool as to give slight brush strokes, in a parallel dutiful with the visual arts in which Paulina grapples with as much mastery. Only with the previous album "Lost In Oz" the sound took fold, some of which are different from dreamy and spectral gently fragility, colorandosi of rhythmic electro downtempo and showing some construction of sung more prone to form-song. Sugar Wingshiver sums up and door to the upper level as done previously. With still electronic tracks scattered here and there (most noticeable in groove of "Fire In Our Eyes") and with different songs where the vocals are more palpable and 'orthodox' ("Bird On A Mission", the excellent "Voodoo Lily" and "Loup Garou") but with songwriting always double wire bound to that ethereal sweetness that can be felt melancholy (especially when it intervenes to plan) with the maneuvers of a spirit of haunting solitaire between walls uninhabited during the night hours. Moments short but intense alternate with songs in their ethnic traits ("Luna Sea", "We Rush to Beyond Boundaries"), between episodes loveable ("The Trance Pool", "Rise Of The "Sirens") and soft brush strokes that ethereal citizens aspire the listener between light and dark. Produced and performed with all the good faith, Sugar Wingshiver further demonstration how Cassidy, even musically, is an artist of great maturity and with very clear ideas about the how and the what realize: the followers of the best sound ethereal will come forward without delay." - Darkroom

"The multi-talented Paulina Cassidy (sketches, writing, art and music) releases with Sugar Wingshiver an album filled with Dream pop, with a capital D. Like with all her work her music is filled with fantasy, imagination, emotion and sounds spiritual. Sugar Wingshiver is a tranquil journey into a miraculous imaginative world filled with fairy's and other lovely creatures. Although all the fifteen songs got the same, ambient atmosphere there are some minor details that keep the album interesting. If you listen carefully you will notice that the Musical influences go from triphop ('Fire In Our Eyes'), dream pop (like in beautiful opener 'Sugar Wingshiver'), melancholia ('Luna Sea' for instance), fairy music ('The Trance Pool'), (dreamy) ambient (like 'Bird On A Mission') and (mostly melancholic) world music (like the lovely 'We Rush Beyond All Boundaries'). No nightmares here, "Sugar Wingshiver' is just a magical place to escape to." - Rock Portaal
"Slip through the veil and enter Paulina Cassidy's dreamy, faerie-flecked world for a while. Fifteen atmospheric pieces that straddle the boundaries of ambient and dream pop wait for you here, with soft vocals chanting beneath heavy layers of echo and effect. Flitting by in just under an hour, Sugar Wingshiver's individual tracks offer brief visions, but they're fully formed and engaging. While I don't normally review lyric-based releases, Cassidy's breathy delivery and deep treatments of her words, on most tracks, render them down into less distinct melodic elements–instrument rather than word. As she sighs through "Luna Sea," I know there's a story being told but it's more about the way the cadence of her voice melts into the slow-moving song under them. (The inside of the CD cover offers the lyrics.) In places, however, the story does take the forefront, as with the pairing of "Voodoo Lily" and "Loup Garou." Snaky bass and heavy echo bring Lily's story to life; "Loup Garou" stalks through a misty landscape with a distinct feeling of mystery and moonlight. It's one of the best examples of what Cassidy is doing with the music here, building it largely on a backdrop of soft washes and grounding it with tapping hand percussion. "Bird On A Mission" uses this, along with short phrasing on the low end of the piano, and ties into into rhyming wordplay. Cassidy varies the approach in places with purely instrumental cuts, like the beautiful and too short ballad "In A Labyrinth of Light." "Fire In Our Eyes" render the artist's voice into sighs and cries and underscores them with a pulsing beat and stuttering electronics. Sugar Wingshiver is another excellent release from this unique artist. Take this journey." -