A few months removed from celebrating the 25th anniversary of their magical 1991 debut album Foxbase Alpha, Saint Etienne have announced today that their ninth studio album will land in stores June 2nd. Their first proper group long player since 2012’s Words and Music by Saint Etienne and Sarah Cracknell’s 2015 solo project Red Kite, the new LP’s title, Home Counties, is an affectionate nod to London’s surrounding counties.
"We had so much fun writing for this album, drawing influence from our teenage years growing up in the home counties,” Cracknell explains in an official statement. “Bob (Stanley), Pete (Wiggs) and I led almost parallel lives while I was in Windsor and they were in Surrey, developing our passion for music and London. (Co-producer) Shawn Lee was a joy to work with, he’s a wonderful multi-instrumentalist who seemed to have some kind of telepathy with us and translated our ideas perfectly. The record is quite varied in styles and brings together a little something from all our past albums whilst sounding completely new.”
Home Counties is comprised of 19 tracks, and the trio has unveiled the first offering today in the form of sublime lead single “Heather,” which is available for your listening pleasure below. The band also revealed that they are hitting the road this June for an expansive UK tour, preceded by a handful of warmup dates in late May and followed by UK festival performances and a US tour later in the year.
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