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kt tunstall session
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The Scottish songstress talks to Collective.KT Tunstall is coming to a stereo near you. Her beautifully balanced pop songs and stunning voice have brought her to the attention of many a pundit, and, rather worryingly, she’s been described as the new Dido. She’s not fazed though. “When you first start out it’s useful to give people an anchor point - comparing stuff is essential and to be compared to someone successful is great. But I don’t feel that what I’m doing is particularly similar to Dido’s music at the end of the day.”
And the proof is in the pudding. Her debut album, Eye To The Telescope, released quietly in December 04, combined the intimate authentic folk elements associated with artists like Adem and The Fence Collective (with whom she’s played numerous gigs), with a slicker production style that will have wider appeal. “I managed to get all the dynamics on there that I wanted. There’s definitely some big slapper radio-friendly stuff, but there’s also some of the rawer stuff that I have a real penchant for.”
Either way, it’s KT’s voice that really sets things alight. Her home in St Andrews has blessed her with a delicate Scottish burr that frames her soulful tones beautifully. And it’s a voice that, like another fine Scottish export, is best served straight up - as you’ll know if you’ve watched her session performances above.
KT Tunstall’s single, Black Horse And The Cherry Tree, is released 21 February 05 on Relentless/EMI.
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