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Issue 91 - Suited & Booted

Whisky Magazine Issue 91
October 2010


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Suited & Booted

Singer songwriter KT Tunstall is a passionate Scot who enjoys a whisky. Joel Harrison caught up with her

If there is one thing you can't accuse KT Tunstall of, it's a lack of passion. Whether it be discussing her third album, Tiger Suit, which came out in September to critical acclaim, her trips to the Arctic to highlight environmental issues or a love of whisky, one thing is clear; this feisty Scot will give 100 per cent.

It's a passion which shines through in Tiger Suit, where Tunstall takes a new musical direction, fusing her traditional acoustic sound with samples and loops.

“I've always loved electronica and this was about rediscovering a passion for dance music. I just wanted to make a record that really excited me.” And excited is exactly how she sounds as KT sites references such as Cocteau Twins, Adam Ant, Bow Wow Wow, Paul Simon and Leftfield as big influences when recording her new album with Jim Abbiss, the eclectic producer behind records from The Arctic Monkeys, Kasabian, Bjork and Massive Attack.

Electronica and Blues shine through in tracks such as Push That Knot, which combine the sort of riffs you would usually expect from Kasabian, but iced with Tunstall's sweet yet ripping vocal. The album takes a more ethereal feel, with glimpses of Kid A era Radiohead on tracks such as the lead single (Still A) Weirdo and, more obviously on Difficulty. But it works well, giving Tunstall not only another string to her bow, but an entirely new bow altogether.

Despite working hard to create a record that has departed from Tunstall's usual direction, in the same Berlin ...

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