Saint Etienne To Release “Words And Music By Saint Etienne” May 22

By on May 5, 2012

Words and Music by Saint Etienne
May 22, 2012 // Casablanca Records

When Saint Etienne’s Bob Stanley talks about their forthcoming album Words
and Music by Saint Etienne, he affectionately refers to the “strange magic” of
pop. About the special alchemy that transmutes even the most mundane of
experiences – walking home with the headphones on at night, sitting in a
bedroom with your friends in the day, getting ready to go out on the
weekend – into a lingering moment of seamless enchantment, one
that resonates for the rest of your life.
Saint Etienne, you see, are a band who have had an immutable and enduring
relationship with pop music and that pristine pop moment. From the distinctly
English sonic collages of their groundbreaking debut “Foxbase Alpha” through
to the darker folk-inflected turns of “Tiger Bay” and even the glacial electronic
landscapes of “Sound of Water”, the history of pop has clearly had a powerful
impression on the trio of Pete Wiggs, Sarah Cracknell and Bob Stanley, with
the result being that for this, their ninth studio album, they have assembled what
constitutes a long form aural essay explicitly exploring the throughline of themes
and memories triggered by music which has run through their entire body of work.
As Stanley elaborates, Words and Music by Saint Etienne is an album about “how
music affects your life. How it defines the way you see the world as a child, how it
can get you through bad times in unexpected ways, and how songs you’ve known
all your life can suddenly develop a new attachment, and hurt every time you hear
them. More than how it affects and reflects your life though”, he sums up, “the
album is about believing in music, living your life by its rules”.
In the course of their work, Saint Etienne have always celebrated the greats of
pop past – Stanley credits Goffin and King, Mann and Weil, Greenwich and
Barry with helping him to understand relationships at a formative age, for
instance – but with Words and Music By Saint Etiennethey have made an
album which sees them join that rich lineage, those writers of pop songs full
of strange magic. Tracks such as “When I Was 17” and the aforementioned
“Tonight” (produced by Girls Aloud lynchpin Tim Powell and mixed by Richard X)
see the group as vital and fresh as ever. Surrender to the sound now; as the
group say, there’s no turning back.

1. Over the Border
2. I’ve Got Your Music
3. Heading For the Fair
4. Last Days of Disco
5. Tonight
6. Answer Song
7. Record Doctor
8. Popular
9. 25 Years
10. DJ
11. When I Was Seventeen
12. I Threw it All Away
13. Haunted Jukebox
Words and Music by Saint Etienne is out 5/22 on Casablanca Records.
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