KT Tunstall - Invisible Empire / Crescent Moon

Invisible Empire/Crescent Moon (August 6, Blue Note), the fourth studio album in just under a decade from Scottish singer/songwriter KT Tunstall, has a split title for a couple of important reasons. One is that the tracks were recorded in two separate sessions -- six months apart -- with producer Howe Gelb (Giant Sand) at his Tucson, AZ, studio. The second is the distinct feel and mood of each, reflective of two life-changing personal developments in Tunstall's life: the passing of her adoptive father last year (directed in the themes of mortality and loss running through Invisible Empire) and her recent divorce after four years of marriage (the songs of resignation and melancholy of Crescent Moon). After the upbeat tone of her poppy plugged-in 2010 album Tiger Suit, Tunstall's new songs have an ethereal vein of sadness running through them, Gelb's spare, spacious and mostly acoustic country/folk production lending a sympathetic tone. Those looking for a carefree romp will want to look elsewhere. But for those wanting a more intimate and low-keyed venture into a Tunstall's accomplished way with a melody and turn of phrase, Invisible Empire/Crescent Moon is a welcome turn inward. Stream "Scarlet Tulip" and check out videos by clicking through below...

KT Tunstall - "Feel It All" (from Invisible Empire/Crescent Moon)

KT Tunstall - "Scarlet Tulip" (from Invisible Empire/Crescent Moon)