Tunstall Goes Back To Basics For New Album

Having already gone gold with her debut Virgin effort, "Eye to the Telescope," which includes hit singles "Black Horse and the Cherry Tree" and "Suddenly I See," Scottish singer/songwriter KT Tunstall

Having already gone gold with her debut Virgin effort, "Eye to the Telescope," which includes hit singles "Black Horse and the Cherry Tree" and "Suddenly I See," Scottish singer/songwriter KT Tunstall sees change in the air for her next project.

"Although it's definitely moved on, it's not a radical change," Tunstall tells Billboard.com. "I still feel like there is unfinished business with what I'm doing at the moment. The second album sort of feels like the next half of a book rather than a totally different book. So working with [producer] Steve [Osborne] again, we're just going to kind of up the ante. But I definitely foresee changes."

Recording got underway in July in a small London studio before Tunstall moved on to the famed Rockfield Studios, used by Led Zeppelin, Queen and more. Unexpectedly, recording in the expansive Wales venue proved to be a bit overwhelming.

"We've done some demos in a brilliant gnarly little London studio near where I live and we came up with this amazing vibe," Tunstall says. "So [at Rockfield] we were just constantly trying to emulate this vibe that we got in this little studio and couldn't get it. We just thought, 'What are we doing? Let's just go back and make it in the tiny little place.'"

She adds, "I'm really excited about that because the first album was made in the middle of the country, so I'm now looking at making an album in London. I think the city will always find its way under the door of the studio and imbed itself in what you're doing."

Among the tracks completed from both sessions are the up-tempo "Saving My Face" and the spooky "Beauty of Uncertainty." The as-yet-untitled album is tentatively slated for a late spring or early summer 2007 release.

Currently, the 31-year-old singer is back in the States on tour, including a show tonight (Sept. 22) at the Riviera Theatre in Chicago, I.L. Aside from "Eye to the Telescope" material and a cover of the Flaming Lips' "She Don't Use Jelly," fans can expect to hear songs "Ashes" and "One Day" from her unplugged album "Acoustic Extravaganza," which was released last spring and is only available through her Web site. However, they're going to have to wait to sample any of the new material.

"The new ones we're avoiding playing during the tour because we really don't want to get into bad habits before we've recorded stuff," Tunstall says. "We really want to be able to approach it fresh and make sure that we're playing the right parts."
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