"I needed to cut my ties with caring about what other people wanted from me and find out what I wanted to make," declares KT Tunstall of Tiger Suit (Virgin), her dramatically different new album due October 5. While the brisk and busking folk/pop on her prior two studio albums have garnered the Scottish singer/songwriter an avid fan base, hit singles and a 4x platinum debut, Tunstall has embraced what she terms "nature techno" for her new songs, a "mixture of very rootsy stuff with electronica, but quite homemade so it stays really warm." In short, this stuff moves.
Helping to ratchet up the energy level of songs such as the galloping lead track "Push That Knot Away" is Tunstall's own listening playlist as music from LCD Soundsystem and Phoenix dominated her earbud time, bands with an indie rock cred that still offered a beat that you could, well, dance to. Also prodding things along was producer Jim Abbiss (Arctic Monkeys, Editors) and, perhaps, the surroundings: most of Tiger Suit was recorded in Berlin and Hansa Studios, home of U2's "Achtung Baby." New high-RPM songs such as the rollicking first single "Fade Like A Shadow" and beat-boxed "Glamour Puss" are balanced a bit by more expected acoustic fare like "(Still a) Weirdo" but it's clear that Tunstall wants to shake things up -- and just shake it. "I want to sound like Eddie Cochran working with Leftfield," she told a crowd recently. No kidding. Watch the "Knot" video after the jump...
KT Tunstall - "Fade Like A Shadow" (from the album Tiger Suit)
KT Tunstall - "Push That Knot Away" (from the album Tiger Suit)