SOURCE: Virgin Records

September 07, 2005 09:00 ET

KT Tunstall Arrives in America at Last; Scottish Singer Songwriter Set to Release Acclaimed Mercury Prize-Nominated Debut Album; "EYE TO THE TELESCOPE" to Land in Stores Next March; U.S. Dates

Set for September

NEW YORK, NY -- (MARKET WIRE) -- September 7, 2005 -- Virgin Records has announced the upcoming release of "EYE TO THE TELESCOPE," the internationally acclaimed debut album from Scottish singer/songwriter KT Tunstall. The Nationwide Mercury Music Prize-nominated album -- a platinum-certified sensation in the U.K. -- arrives in stores coast to coast on March 7, 2006.

"EYE TO THE TELESCOPE" is a remarkable introduction to a remarkable new artist. Produced by Steve Osborne -- known for his studio collaborations with such diverse stars as U2, the Cure, New Order, Suede, Doves, and many others -- the album showcases the St. Andrews-born artist's unique sonic mesh of heartfelt organic pop, bona fide electric blues, and the left-field Scottish alt.folk of Tunstall's friends and contemporaries, the Fence Collective. Songs like the U.K. smash singles "Black Horse and the Cherry Tree" and "Other Side of the World" amply display her flair for classic songwriting, alive with lyrical bite and melodic complexity, along with her idiosyncratic vocal gifts and distinctive guitar playing.

Tunstall first captured the U.K.'s attention last autumn with her showstopping debut appearance on the BBC's "Later with Jools Holland." Asked to step in as a last minute replacement for hip-hop superstar Nas, KT blew the roof off the studio with a stunning solo performance of "Black Horse and the Cherry Tree," beguiling the nationwide audience with her compelling vocals and powerful acoustic guitar work, looped to create the force of a full backing band.

Released soon thereafter, "EYE TO THE TELESCOPE" reaped unprecedented critical approbation from the notoriously hard-to-please U.K. press. "Tunstall has Norah Jones' throaty catch, Dido's warmth, plus a winning way with a catchy chorus," wrote Q's John Aizlewood in a four-starred rave. "The kind of record you might expect from an established international artist," declared Scotland on Sunday, "not a girl composing her first musical calling card. It really is that good, the album Fiona Apple is still hoping to grow into, that Sheryl Crow got too distracted to make, and Lucinda Williams would be proud of."

"Tunstall's voice has a gorgeous tone and fluidity, but she eschews anything too showy," wrote the Daily Telegraph's Neil McCormick, adding that "Her songs are focused, dwelling on the minutiae of relationships with a sharp lyrical sensibility and a strong sense of melody." "Where Tunstall really scores is with the diversity of her material," noted the Times' Lisa Verrico in a four-starred review. "On the opener 'Other Side of the World' she could be a funkier Beth Orton or Carole King; on 'Another Place To Fall' there is the quirkiness of Siouxsie Sioux or Björk; while the brisk 'Suddenly I See' is a burst of glorious pop with a great looped guitar."

Also among Tunstall's many fans are such fellow artists as the Cure's Robert Smith, who praised KT for making "raw, edgy, sultry, lush, hazy pop music."

Tunstall will make one of her first U.S. appearances in mid-September with a pair of New York City performances, scheduled in conjunction with the annual CMJ Music Marathon. KT has been touring nearly non-stop since the U.K. release of "EYE TO THE TELESCOPE," with sold-out headlining shows, festival appearances, and support stints alongside such artists as Joss Stone earning her critical acclaim as a stunning and inventive live performer. "Tunstall's got a megawatt charisma of her own," wrote the Guardian's Betty Clarke of KT's February headlining gig at London's ICA. "She may be new to the ranks of stardom, but she's not going to stay that way for long."

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