Saint Etienne share ‘Breakneck Hill’ and Confidence Man remix

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Saint EtienneSaint Etienne have revealed Breakneck Hill, an instrumental interlude from their forthcoming album, ‘Home Counties,’  which is released via Heavenly Recordings on Friday 2nd June.

Talking about Breakneck Hill, Pete Wiggs of Saint Etienne said: “Breakneck Hill is one of several ‘interludes’ on our new album that capture facets of our youth spent in the Home Counties. Being able to run up and down the hill without dying or seriously injuring yourself was a kind of rites of passage for the local school kids. It was located in an atmospheric clearing in the woods and for a short period of my life it had a powerful morbid allure. I suspect no one ever actually broke their neck there but can still vividly recall the impact that the local lore had on my six year old self.”

Take a listen to Breakneck Hill via Soundcloud below.

The album 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). It was recorded in central London. Sarah, Bob and Pete commuted to the studio every day for six weeks. The cover of the album was designed by renowned artist Scott King (scottking.co.uk)

In addition to new music, the band have shared a Confidence Man remix of Magpie Eyes today on Observer, the first ‘official’ single from the album. Take a listen to the track via Soundcloud below.

Saint Etienne have also announced a number of festival and headline shows over the summer, including a performance at the Royal Festival Hall in London, and a U.S. tour in the autumn.

The list of dates is as follows:

May

26th                           Hebden Bridge – Trades Club
27th                           Oxford – Common People Festival
31st                            Barcelona – Primavera Festival

June

2nd                             London – Royal Festival Hall
3rd                              Cardiff – Tramshed
4th                              Birmingham – Town Hall
6th                              Bexhill – De La Warr Pavillion
8th                              Newcastle – Sage
9th                              Edinburgh – Queens Hall
10th                            Sheffield – City Hall Ballroom
11th                             Manchester – RNMC Concert Hall

August

20th                           Glanusk Park – Green Man Festival (2nd stage headline)

September

24th                           Boston – Paradise
25th                           Brooklyn – Warsaw
27th                           New York – Webster Hall
28th                          Washington – U Street Music Hall
30th                           Chicago – Park West

October

2nd                           Seattle – Showbox
4th                            San Francisco – Fillmore
5th                            LA -Fonda Theatre