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Ruth TheodoreRuth Theodore
Album: You Can't Help Who You Love
Label: Avaline
Tracks: 1
Website: https://ruththeodore.com/

By name Ruth Theodore sounds unassuming, but her recent EP is anything but.

Her track, "Can't help who you love" released on June 10th is a sensory maelstrom of delightful layers that you would expect from something more concept than catchy, it is however an exceedingly well constructed track.

Previously Ruth has three solo albums, and continues to be on form here. She has also been reviewed extenstively in the media from the Guardian and BBC radio as well as mentions in Q and Mojo magazine and it no surprise to hear why. The production from Todd Sickafoose is incredibly slick; it allows a good positioning of Theodore's poetic lyrics amongst a dense, rich soundscape whilst also being an accessible and fresh track.

Her voice is like a more breathy, urban Nina Persson (the Cardigans) crossed with a slightly less kitschy, but as quirky Regina Spektor personality amongst a busy colourful musical arrangement (e.g. Molotov Jukebox). Her lyrics are labyrinthine, the guitar is a deep march that runs through like her train of thought and throughout the song there are surprises galour to be had such as, "life comes bump in the night." The tune is like a stream of consciousness rising and falling as it thinks inwards; there might be a flurry of drums, a surprise harmony, or an almost whispered piece of advice; it is truly a surprising and warming feel to first discover what is in store. A special mention is required for the percussion (Mathias Kunzli) which brings a lot of character to the piece with it's jangles and shakes amongst all the energy.

Ruth's album "Cactacus" is out in September. If it's tracks are as individualistic, personal and characterful such as this, it will be an incredibly exciting prospect which I cannot wait to hear.

Peter Taranaski