Last Saturday I got to see KT Tunstall live for my first time. The gig was in the Radisson Live Lounge, and although I didn’t think it was brilliant, it was a very good show altogether, well worth the €20.
The show was opened by The Pictish Trail, of 28-year-old singer-songwriter Johnny Lynch. I can only describe his music as… odd… but more knowledgeable people say it’s “a sonorous mixture of acoustic-driven balladry and lo-fi synthesised pop” and “a post-summer trove of sun-warped electro, anamorphic folk”. I say it’s a bit bizarre, and a good example of that is his latest EP, In Rooms, that consists of 50 songs, each 30 seconds in length. He played a couple of them last Saturday (Birds, for example), and for some weird reason I feel like buying the EP.
After this opening, it was time for the main act. This was the first gig of the tour and KT and the band started it with some songs from their new-ish album, Tiger Suit, which, I have to confess, I wasn’t at all familiar with. That’s something that’ll have to be corrected in the next few days, I say. A few songs into it, the band got out of the stage and left KT by herself to do her solo thing. One of those songs was a lovely version of Other Side of the World (I apologize in advance for the sound quality, but my camera is really not good for concerts because it messes up whenever there’s drums involved):
Still up there by herself, KT performed the fan-favourite Black Horse and the Cherry Tree, complete with all the pedal-magic we’re used to. Great stuff:
With the band back and after a couple more songs, they said goodbye only to be cheered by the few hundred people there until they came back for the encore. It was a small once, but they ended beautifully with Suddenly I See:
The full setlist went something like this:
Come On, Get In
Universe & You
Other Side of the World
Black Horse and the Cherry Tree
Saving My Face
Push That Knot Away
Fade Like A Shadow
Close To Me (The Cure cover)
Suddenly I See
I’m keeping an eye on Youtube for more videos (because mine got the sound all messed up). Stay tuned for more.