KT Tunstall‘s new album Invisible Empire//Crescent Moon is set for an Aug. 6 release in the U.S. on Blue Note Records. IECM – KT’s fourth studio album overall and the first to be released on Blue Note – will be released June 10 in the U.K. on Virgin Records.
IECM represents both a return to the simplicity of the multi-platinum artist’s early work and an evolution of her sound. IECM’s country-folk tinged undercurrents grew out of KT’s decision to travel to Tucson to record with producer Howe Gelb (aka Giant Sand). KT describes the album as “full of songs from the heart,” adding “I followed my path of truth and ended up in a different place.”
IECM is made up from two sessions with a season in between them, and KT saw the work as naturally separated into two distinct parts - an 'A' side and a 'B' side. The first batch sees songs like the exquisite “Made Of Glass” and “Yellow Flower” focusing on the themes of mortality, a subject close to her heart following the passing away of her father last year. The second batch evokes an ethereal mood, more reflective of deeply felt changes in outlook and shifts in her personal life. Together they add up to KT's most cohesive and affecting album to date.
Since scoring a worldwide hit with her debut album Eye To The Telescope in 2005 – which sold more than 4 million copies worldwide and earned platinum status in the U.S. – KT has remained at the forefront of UK singer-songwriter talent. Two more well-received albums Drastic Fantastic (2007) and Tiger Suit (2010) followed, cementing the Scottish singer’s reputation.
KT has already announced summer European tour dates, and will be announcing fall U.S tour dates shortly. See www.kttunstall.com for more details.