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Since scoring a worldwide smash with her debut album ‘Eye To The Telescope’ in 2004,which went on to sell over 5 million copies, KT Tunstall has remained at the forefront of UKsinger- songwriter talent. Over the next decade, three further critically acclaimed albumsfollowed; ‘Drastic Fantastic’, ‘Tiger Suit’ and ‘Invisible Empire//Crescent Moon’ in 2007,2010 and 2013 respectively, keeping the platinum sales rolling and cementing the Scottishsinger-songwriter’s reputation as a major recording talent, as well as a mesmerising liveartist.
Tunstall has toured the world many times over. She outsold every other female artist in theUK in 2005, won the 2006 Brit Award for Best British Female Solo Artist, won the IvorNovello Best Song award for her huge, self-penned hit 'Suddenly I See’, and a Q award forTrack of the Year. She also landed a Grammy nomination for Best Female Pop VocalPerformance and lent her tunes to a host of movies and TV shows ('Suddenly I See', used inthe iconic opening scene of Meryl Streep flick 'The Devil Wears Prada').
2012 and the years that followed saw a seismic shift in outlook - the loss of her father, adivorce, and a relocation to Venice Beach, California.
After a period of healing, soul-searching, and a change of scenery, 2016 hailed the arrival ofthe first of a trilogy of albums, the critically acclaimed UK top 10 album - 'KIN'. The trilogyevokes, separately and in sequence, spirit, body and mind. With 'KIN' being her phoenix-from-the-ashes 'spirit' album, 2018 marked the second offering of that trilogy, the ‘body’album ‘WAX’ - released October 5th.
Speaking about her 6th studio album, Tunstall says of ‘WAX’ “I knew before I started writingthat I wanted it to be an electric guitar record. It had to be visceral, about the physical, andthe weight of that, and the obstacles of that. It’s a record about human-ness, which we sooften just write off as ‘flaws’.
”The title a nod to the viscous pungency of one of the body’s natural substances. “Wax evokescolonies of bees, candlelight, the material that the first long-playing records were made of”,she explains, “but more than that, wax is produced inside your own head. You unconsciouslycreate it, and then weirdly that same basic substance has been used for centuries to make themost lifelike replicas of human beings. It has a life glow to it. It sticks to you. We have thesestrange, ancient connections and relationships with wax. How odd is it that the body producesall these substances from all these holes!” laughs this stoutly down-to-earth singer,songwriter and guitarist.
Lead single “The River”, which was released August 23rd, opens with an arresting synthhook, before Tunstall’s powerful voice enters, emotionally taking centre stage. The trackbuilds with strong rhythmic guitar textures, exploding into an anthemic chorus. Heavy guitarriffs are central to this track capturing the dirt, grit and physicality of the album. Tunstallexplains, “it’s about wanting to escape the madness in the world, escaping bad relationships,and wanting to be washed clean - emancipation through nature”.Thesinglewasnamed oneof Rolling Stone's ‘Songs You Need To Know’. The music video,directed by AlexoWandael,premiered on Clash Magazineand features KT performing a sensual routine withdancer Alex Thomas.KT released ‘WAX’ in October 2018 viaVirgin Records(UK) / Rostrum Records/ InGrooves(US / RoW).“WAX”entered the UK albumchart atnumber 15(Tunstall’s 6th Top 20 albumin the UK),was featured on Spotify’s‘New Music Friday’playlist in a dozen countriesworldwideand received critical acclaim from both national publications and specialist musicoutletsin both the UK and USA.