The lauded Scottish songstress KT Tunstall has caused a degree of excitement amongst her fans, after announcing a forthcoming studio album and tour later this year. As a teaser, she has released the ‘Golden State EP’, containing three brand new KT originals, along with a remix by British band Django Django. These tracks give a flavour for her upcoming album, and if this EP is anything to go by, it should be tour-de-force of what Tunstall does best.
On her website, Tunstall has said how she felt that her performing career was at an end after 2013’s critically acclaimed ‘Invisible Empire // Crescent Moon’: “As an artist I feel like I died…I didn’t want to do it anymore“. However, she soon caught the bug again after moving to America in 2014. She has described the music she has made for her upcoming record as “the beginning of the second chapter of my career” and has dubbed this album a spiritual successor to her 2004 debut.
On hearing the ‘Golden State EP’, one can certainly see why. Lead single ‘Evil Eye’ harkens back to the early songs that shot Tunstall to stardom in the first place. The second track ‘All or Nothing’ in particular could have easily been included on ‘Eye to the Telescope’ and ‘The Healer’ would fit right in on 2010’s ‘Tiger Suit’. The remix of ‘Evil Eye’ makes for an unusual listen and ultimately shows that KT works best alone. This trio of songs seem like a triumphant revival for Tunstall and it’s clear that she’s got her mojo back. ‘Golden State’ is a taster that leaves you wanting more, and shows that Tunstall still has the ability to write and perform exciting and uplifting guitar-pop.
‘Golden State’ is available now via Caroline Records.
This KT Tunstall article was written by Adam Jones, a GIGsoup contributor. Edited by Zoe Anderson. Photo by Shervin Lainez.