WHAT'S ON / Saint Etienne plus special guests
In a dance world where drum machines and pounding basslines rule, Saint Etienne have always been a welcome purveyor of fresh pop, dance and ambient fusion. With Sarah Cracknell's breathy, etheral vocal still sending shivers down the spine and a back catalogue including Only Love Will Break Your Heart and He's On The Phone to draw on, plug in and start dreaming.
Tonight, they showcase their new album Home Counties. What’s remarkable about Home Counties (and its predecessor, Words and Music) is that Saint Etienne, in what might have been expected to be their dotage, are making the best music of their quarter-century career. Freed from the pressures of worrying their single might stall at No 41, they record now only when they have something to say – like AC/DC, Saint Etienne make an album every five or six years, and if you want to hear it, you have to wait.