Saint Etienne, the adored British alternative dance-pop trio, returns with their first album in five years, Home Counties.
Scheduled to drop June 2, the new LP was produced by Shawn Lee of Young Gun Silver Fox, with support from Augustus (Kero Kero Bonito), Carwyn Ellis (Colorama, Edwyn Collins), Robin Bennett (The Dreaming Spires), Richard X (Girls On Top / Black Melody) and long-time collaborator Gerard Johnson (Denim, Yes) and was cut in central London over a six-week period.
Home Counties will be released through Heavenly Recordings and its deluxe edition is stuffed with 19 tracks, the first of which dropped Wednesday (March 22), the moody alternative electro-pop tune "Heather."
"Heather was a girl who could open her eyes/Heather was a girl who just woke up one night/ Heather was a girl who once questioned her life, she comes and she goes like the warmth in the daylight," sings Sarah Cracknell on the new single which can be streamed below.
A press release drills into the inspiration for the album with some amusing insights. "Here are sixteen new songs they have written about a day in the life of this doughnut of shires that ring the capital, punctuated by bursts of BBC radio to remind you what time it is, and all connected by train journeys - main lines, branch lines, commutes, escapes," the statement explains.
The love/hate relationship people have with "home" is said to be "particularly acute in the Home Counties," a place where Saint Etienne's Sarah Cracknell, Pete Wiggs and Bob Stanley grew up.
Home Counties is the followup to Words and Music, which arrived in May 2012.
Home Counties tracklist:
1. The Reunion
2. Something New
3. Magpie Eyes
6. Church Pew Furniture Restorer
7. Take It All In
9. Underneath The Apple Tree
10. Out Of My Mind
11. After Hebden
12. Breakneck Hill
14. Sports Report
15. Train Drivers In Eyeliner
16. Unopened Fan Mail
17. What Kind Of World
18. Sweet Arcadia
19. Angel Of Woodhatch