Ruby Throat – O’ Doubt O’ Stars

January 01, 1970



“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.


Steerage,” “Forget Me Nots of Stepney” MARY LEARY

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