KT Tunstall – Invisible Empire // Crescent Moon
KT Tunstall remains a complete musician. Without the need of a huge team or heavy production, she is an artist whose technical and lyrical abilities never diminish.
It’s been a difficult year for Tunstall, and although she retains an eternal youthfulness there is now present a solemn maturity in her voice. Invisible Empire // Crescent Moon, with its categorical country & western characteristics, appears to stem from a parallel concept of exhaustion (with life, with love) and barrenness. It’s an interesting vision from Tunstall, one which will undoubtedly reap rewards in breaking America, but one that possesses a slight lack of diversity. It feels here as though the album’s target audience has been narrowed. Such specific targeting isn’t a failing, but it was the absence of such remoteness that made Eye to the Telescope such a masterpiece – one which appealed to the masses with intelligence and amazing variety.
Waiting on the Heart is undoubtedly Invisible Empire // Crescent Moon’s killer track. From the moment the drums roll in as if carried on the wind, the song cascades with Tunstall’s signature harmonies. It’s in-keeping with the album’s breakability and delicateness, but KT’s coolness gives it that extra edge, and moments later, the strange little middle-eight will give you chills. It is tender and acutely feminine, but transcends the steady sequence of all other songs with its rolling progression.
KT Tunstall withstands time and is a prime example of the durable British singer-songwriter that we are proud of. Invisible Empire // Crescent Moon represents a turning point in her musical career: she’s grown up, as everyone does. There’s nothing bad about this album; its sentimentality and drift are brave. It is questionable that such a strong Western motif was wise, but only time and play count can tell.
Invisible Empire is released on June 10th 2013. For further information or to order the album visit KT Tunstall’s website here.
Watch the video for Feel It All here: