The Scarlet Tulip EP

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The Scarlet Tulip EP
KT Tunstall - The Scarlet Tulip EP.jpg
EP by KT Tunstall
Released 1 May 2011
Recorded 11 April 2011
Genre Acoustic folk
Length 22:59[1]
Label Independent release. All tracks published by Sony/ATV Music
Producer KT Tunstall, Luke Bullen[2]
KT Tunstall chronology
Live in London March 2011
(2011)Live in London March 20112011
The Scarlet Tulip EP
Invisible Empire // Crescent Moon
(2013)Invisible Empire // Crescent Moon2013

The Scarlet Tulip EP is a 2011 EP studio release from KT Tunstall,[3] recorded in her home studio in April 2011. The album was recorded and produced by Tunstall, co-produced by Luke Bullen and mastered by Jeremy Cooper.


Tunstall wrote all songs on the EP herself, notably recording them in a single take.[4] She used her own solar-powered studio in the Berkshire countryside.

The Scarlet Tulip EP project was borne out of Tunstall's desire to record some songs she wrote whilst recording Tiger Suit which were not possible to include in the final album track listing. The "Hidden Heart" was written for the naturalist Bruce Parry's Survival project, "to try and gain land protection for indigenous people of the Amazon."[4] All songs are played with acoustic guitar except for one song, "Shanty of the Whale", which Tunstall performs a cappella.

Live performances of The Scarlet Tulip EP tracks[edit]

Tunstall started playing some of The Scarlet Tulip EP songs during her gigs, often still performing "The Punk", "Scarlet Tulip" and "The Hidden Heart". The latter was first performed during a concert in Ireland in 2008, subsequently featuring in the compilation Songs for Survival with Piotr Lisiecki singing. The track also features in her 2011 live-to-tape concert recording Live in London March 2011; it was after this time that Tunstall recorded the song for the EP.

After its release, Tunstall continued playing "The Hidden Heart" as part of her 2011 solo tour. Tunstall also sang it as she launched the countdown to the WWF Earth Hour at the Westfield London.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by KT Tunstall.

No. Title Length
1. "The Punk" 2:10
2. "Skinny Lou" 2:26
3. "The Hidden Heart" 4:00
4. "Scarlet Tulip" 4:16
5. "Patience" 3:18
6. "Alchemy" 3:59
7. "Shanty of the Whale" 2:50
Total length: 22:59


  1. ^ "The Scarlet Tulip EP - KT Tunstall". AllMusic. Retrieved 5 April 2017. 
  2. ^ The Scarlet Tulip EP (CD cardboard liner). KT Tunstall. self-published. 2011. 
  3. ^ "KT Tunstall – The Scarlet Tulip EP". Discogs. 2011-05-01. Retrieved 2012-03-31. 
  4. ^ a b "KT Tunstall to play at the Grand Opera House". Bournemouth Daily Echo. 2011-05-24. Retrieved 2012-08-21.