RELEASED SEPTEMBER 2016 ON AVELINE RECORDS
"Her tales leave you breathless" - MOJO ★★★★
"Songs so quirky and unexpected that it's impossible to imagine anyone else performing them, following none of the more conventional styles of songwriting. And it actually works" - GUARDIAN ★★★★
Known for her quirky, insightful, poetic lyrics and insidious melodies, RUTH THEODORE is excited to announce the release of her fourth solo album CACTACUS on September 23rd 2016 on Aveline Records.
The recording sessions saw Ruth crossing the Atlantic to collaborate with Todd Sickafoose, best known for his work with Ani DiFranco, as well as recently producing two award winning albums for Anais Mitchell.
Ruth travelled and performed her way through California and up into Oregon, to work alongside a stellar cast of musicians including organist Rob Burger (Tom Waits, Willie Nelson), percussionist Mathias Kunzli (Regina Spector, Lauryn Hill), and violinist Jenny Scheinman (Lucinda Williams, Lou Reed).
Ruth is so much more than a singer-songwriter. Her use of unconventional guitar techniques and unique tunings has thrilled listeners and dumbfounded peers since the release of her 2007 debut 'Worm Food'.
CACTACUS features Ruth's distinguishable songwriting style and honest lyricism at its core. Her voice, guitar and piano, cocooned in soulful male backing vocals contribute to a deliberate sexual tension, most prevalent in the abstract and moody 'The Carcass And The Pride'. Theodore's string and vocal arrangements are deliberate and dramatic, whilst Sickafoose softens the edges with depth and texture. Songs such as 'Everything is Temporary' and 'Loop Hole' refer back to Ruth's much loved patch of land in Hackney, whilst 'Scavengers' is a playful but fierce social comment on the rapid influx of privilege to the arts of East London. First single 'You Can't Help Who You Love' tells the story of a battle with cancer form the perspective of the carer (which was four years in the writing), where as 'Kissing in Traffic' and 'Wishbone', are out and out love songs.
Following the recording and release of the first of her three self-produced records through River Rat Records, Ruth moved on to a tiny narrow boat with no heating or electricity on the River Lea in East London. This has been her home for the last 10 years. The river and the land on which she moors have been a great source of inspiration, and keen to continue creating on the water Ruth has single-handedly converted a larger boat into a studio space which has become the base for her band and other local musicians and is now home to one of the most unique and truly intimate house concert music events in London.
Her albums have received critical acclaim from the UK media, with reviews running in The Guardian & The Observer, whilst also achieving national radio play on BBC Radio 3 and BBC 6 Music, alongside rave reviews in music magazines Mojo, Q, fRoots and more.