Ruby Throat – O’ Doubt O’ Stars

January 01, 1970

(Sleeplikewolves)

 

www.katiejanegarside.com

 

“I’m not an easy child/I’ve not slept
in awhile,” whispers Katiejane Garside on “Forget Me Nots of Stepney.” A
century ago, Garside might have been diagnosed with “a nervous condition” and
confined to an asylum. Today, the child-voiced songwriter operates as a sort of
musical surgeon; excavating and healing wounds beneath the emoticons of
contemporary civilization. It’s an intensive, drawn-out operation; apt to annoy or bore quick-fix listeners, and as
likely to entrance audio poetry fans.

 

Like a girl who’s suddenly entered puberty, Garside pulsates
with first-time-ever rawness to Chris Whittingham’s guitar whether he’s
painting electrically-driven, celestial backdrops or providing earthier
floorboards with his slide playing and acoustic fingerpicking. The duo’s
intimate interaction is a winding river of 
impassioned revelations and observations. Ruby Throat often attains the
majestic expressiveness of John Martyn and Sandy Denny when those bards-abetted
by the cream of  the British electric
folk scene – were at their respective zeniths.

 

O’Doubt O’ Stars is so uncannily hypnotic, it cries for phones to be set on “vibrate,” enabling
sedentary listeners to absorb every second.

 

DOWNLOAD: “In
Steerage,” “Forget Me Nots of Stepney” MARY LEARY

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