Two years ago, KT Tunstall thought she was done with music: “As an artist I feel like I died,” she says. “I stopped. I gave up. I didn’t want to do it anymore.”
She put her stuff in storage and bought a little house in Venice Beach, California and enrolled in the Sundance Institute’s elite Film Composers Lab. It was a turning point in her life.
A year later and her new album ‘KIN’ was born. Produced by Tony Hoffer (Beck, Belle and Sebastian), and written by KT in LA, it exemplifies the very best of guitar pop.
“The truth is, I’ve finally made peace with being a pop songwriter,” KT says. “This record was very much embracing my dharma as an artist, which is to write happy songs that are also good.”
It has been over ten years since KT released her multi-platinum debut, ‘Eye To The Telescope’, and in ‘KIN’ KT sees its full bodied and blooded follow up.
The album’s new focused sound is exemplified by the teaser track ‘Evil Eye’; a stripped back, primal rock ‘n’ roll track that seeded the whole record.
The album’s lead single ‘Maybe it’s a Good Thing’ shows KT in top form: a moment in life captured in a bright, powerful pop song with an irresistible and unforgettable melody.
Recently KT announced a Highlands & Islands tour in August and she will be playing on Monday August 15th at Ullapool’s Macphail Centre and on Tuesday August 16th at Stornoway’s An Lanntair venue.
‘KIN’ is released on September 9th - tracks include:
Turned A Light On
Maybe It’s A Good Thing
It Took Me So Long To Get Here, But Here I Am
On My Star
Two Way (Featuring James Bay)
Run On Home
Everything Has Its Shape
Love Is An Ocean