After locking themselves away for six weeks in deepest Surrey, on a diet of glogg and cheese footballs to get in the spirit, Saint Etienne announce the release of their long promised Christmas album A Glimpse Of Stocking. It will mix eight old (some very rare) songs with seven brand new ones. All of the new ones are self-written except for the Doors’ surprisingly festive Wintertime Love. It now sounds closer to Lieutenant Pigeon than the Lizard King’s gang, having being partially recorded in a Highgate pub.
Other treats to accompany a feast of port and stilton include the saucy Unwrap Me, the Daft Punk meets Woolies ad rave-up Gonna Have a Party, and the Rea-in-reverse Welcome Home (with Sarah waiting for Chris to turn up on her doorstep), and No Cure For The Common Christmas is a cracking uptempo yet melancholy Pete Wiggs track with an Ennio Morricone/New Order feel.
Through The Winter, meanwhile, is a glacial Christmas break-up electro ballad because not everyone feels quite the same way about Christmas as Saint Etienne do (especially birthday boy Bob Stanley, who thinks he owns it) so A Glimpse of Stocking will be a limited edition of 3,000 numbered copies, available for the 2010 festive season only. Copies are available from the bands website only www.saintetienne.com or at the bands forthcoming Christmas shows (50 copies per evening).
There is also a special deluxe edition available £150 which will include an extra CD with a Personally Dedicated Christmas Song, sung by Sarah, not available on the main album. This is the only way you’ll be able to get this song, AND your name will be in the lyric.
The gorgeous artwork, and the group’s Christmas card, are both designed by Lora Findlay, who designed the sleeve for their much lauded Tales From Turnpike Lane.
A Glimpse Of Stocking. It’s the perfect Christmas present to yourself!
Come join Saint Etienne at the following live dates
Dec 2 Brighton, Brighton Centre (with Scissor Sisters)
Dec 10 ATP, Bowlie weekender
Dec 11 Kilkenny, Set Theatre
Dec 16 Glasgow, ABC
Dec 17 Manchester, Ritz
Dec 18 London, Kentish Town, The Forum
Sample 3 tracks from A Glimpse of Stocking on Soundcloud: