Thursday, January 26, 2012

tonight, tonight, tonight

Has it really been seven years since the might Saint Etienne have released a studio album? Well, Bob, Pete and Sarah are about to return from the wilderness and have treated their loyal following to the release of "Tonight", their brand new single, or "impact track" as an increasingly cold and loveless industry likes to call it these days.

"Tonight" was produced by Tim Powell who twiddled the knobs for "Together" by Pet Shop Boys and worked deep inside the Xenomania compound for years. It also benefits from being mixed by Richard X who lovingly sprinkles some electronic fairy dust across the track. It's a jaunty, little number that sounds like the perfect follow up to "Method Of Modern Love", the single plucked from "London Conversations: The Best Of Saint Etienne", their most recent career retrospective released way back in 2009.

Bob Stanley describes "Tonight" as being about "the anticipation of going to see your favourite group. For some reason, I imagine this show is at the Forum in Kentish Town. The whole album is about the power of pop, how it affects and shapes your life." And their you have it!

The song has all the hallmarks of a great Saint Etienne single. There's a sense of uplifting melancholy which beautifully compliments the descriptive lyrics and thumping, rhythmic undercarriage. It's all topped off with the Cracknell coo. Truly special!

"I've Got Your Music" will the first official single from "Words And Music By Saint Etienne", only their eighth studio album in a two decade career. It will be available shortly before the new longplayer hits the "shops" in May. Huzzah!


  1. Brilliant! 2012 is starting out pretty nicely, I'd say...

  2. Well, I have to admit, St. Etienne were the only new British band besides Suede to debut in the 90s that I loved. The modest Saint E. collection needs some dusting off and refurbishment since I only have their first four albums and a scattering of singles before I lost the plot [my fault entirely]. Memo to self: at least keep the albums up to date!

  3. Only their 8th album proper? I'm surprised, and as much as I like Saint Etienne I do get a bit tired of their countless reissues, expanded versions, deluxe versions, compilations, remix albums and so on. They are second only to Pet Shop Boys when it comes to milking their back catalogue.