ALBUM REVIEW: Saint Etienne – I’ve Been Trying To Tell You | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Heavenly Recordings

Released: 10.09.21







London trio Saint Etienne’s tenth LP is an exercise in nostalgia; from the acoustic refrain of opener Music Again through to the epic beauty of finale Broad River. Recorded remotely rather than in a studio, the album is more a collection of beats and samples, evident on the chilled out trippy vibes of Fonteyn and the dream-like floaty Little K; not so much shoegaze as it is stargaze.

It’s no surprise that the record is accompanied by a film. I Remember It Well is so rich in its visual imagery that it brings to mind those grainy old family videos from yesteryear, whilst unintelligible voices sound like ghosts from the past. Experimental and grandiose, vivid and vital, truly a masterpiece.



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