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"White Holes of Mole Hills - Q Magazine Review ***"

This Southampton Folkie's low-key debut owes as much to Tom Waits's sense of playfullness as finger-in-the ear cliches. Often accompanied by just guitar, her tales of broken and strange people can send shiver up the spine.
- Q Magazine - UK


"White Holes of Mole Hills - Uncut Magazine Review ***"

Second from Southampton based maverick. Theodore boldly cliams she aims to 'sing like no-one else'. She pretty much succeeds - Ani DiFranco and Martha Wainwright are the closest analogues - yet she's more playful and dangerous than either. A talented finger-picker who's clearly listened closely to the likes of Davy Graham and the American primitives, she augments her guitarr with bursts of clarinet and cello. Yet she combines this musicality with the DIY aesthetics of a high-class busker on story songs like 'The Evolution of Mr Charisma' and 'Taradiddle Scuttlebum' - that verge on the unhinged.
Nigel Williamson - Uncut Magazine - UK


"White Holes of Mole Hills - Maverick Magazine Review *****"

This album is evidence of true, distinct talent with no wrong doing
that I could note

Citing DiFranco and Dylan as her major influences, this folk
singer-songwriter is cleverly deciphering the world with words of
immense and profound attraction that seems to contain a brain of its
own. The opening track False Alarm could easily be loved on BBC Radio
One, if only the right people came across it. Again it rings with the
distinct rhythm led vocals that are cleverly twisted into songs from
lengthy poetic verses, such as DiFranco’s work but works with space in
a way I never have never heard before. Spoken voice is also used along
with a soft whispery vocals matched with the ability to poignantly
string earthy vocals with a hard-hitting imaginary scene. This is
story telling at it’s neatest, but messy in design and complicated in
spectre.

The guitar playing (Ruth Theodore) is impressive in all ways, but the
band offer constructive playing that enhances and is so cleverly
placed to characterise the stories told. Clarinet, cello, bass and
piano accordion accompany Ruth on this recording. The track titled
Sisyphean Rock ‘n’ Roll is a resounding instrumental and what better
way to admire the collective ability of both what the guitar can
really do, but also Ruth’s arrangement and composition, which keeps
you fixated for the full six minutes and thirteen seconds!

The Evolution Of Mr Charisma

is a compelling track, as is Overflow and although Race Cars takes a
real admirer of her work to enjoy, it’s both compelling but obtrusive
in design and the imagery is ten to none. Overall this track’s
accomplishments seriously outweigh it’s use of the clarinet in such a
way that you could become outlandishly violent towards her and really
want to turn it off that’s what she wanted, and you know that. Ruth
Theodore certainly pushes boundaries, tests the audience and the
ability of music, instruments and words to be more than just a song.
The album is a wonderful constructed fantasy that deciphers and
depicts the world as we know it and all those bits we never really
wanted to acknowledge. Anyone that has a likening for Ani DiFranco,
you’ll love this, you really will, as do I!

LB
- Maverick Magazine UK


Discography

White Holes of Mole Hills : February 2010 - River Rat Records

Wormfood : November 2007 - River Rat Records

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Ruth eodore is one of those rare talents, for whom creative
writing is almost as natural as breathing. Descriptive yet cryptic,
honest, tragic, witty and occasionally heart breaking, her deliberate
turn of phrase is that of a skilled writer in command of (and having
fun with) the idea of contemporary songwriting.
Her musical arrangements are equally crucial. Citing Leo Kottke as
an early influence, the playfully named Sisyphean Rock ‘n’ Roll
illustrates Ruth’s ability to tell the most sophisticated of stories using
only a guitar. In contrast, songs like False Alarm, Eris, and
Taradiddle Scuttlebum have layered, dynamic arrangements
demonstrating Ruth’s refusal to rely on accompaniment as simple
backdrop, with each part playing a role in the story. Ruth’s
confidence in creative writing is obvious throughout the record.
White Holes Of Mole Hills guides us through a collection of very
different ideas, yet with clear consistency in repeated themes; scale
and perspective, the ethereal vastness, water, life and death.
Although oen cryptic, it is a very revealing and honest set,
reflecting Ruth’s world with both dark and light - an individual who
lives and writes on the waters of East London, with limited light
and unlimited imagination.
is fragile, original, and humble record is released on River Rat
Records, February 15th 2010.