Re-mastered versions due

Synth pop legends Saint Etienne are to re-issue their albums 'Tiger Bay' and 'Finisterre' on May 4th.

Formed by music journalist Bob Stanley, Saint Etienne mixed synth pop with ethereal indie pop songcraft. The London based trio have built up a devoted cult following, and recently celebrated their 20th anniversary together.

Announcing a re-mastering program, Saint Etienne re-issued some of their seminal early recordings last year. So far, the group have released new version of albums such as 'Foxbase Alpha', 'Continental', 'So Tough' and 'The Sound Of Water'.

In addition to this, however, Saint Etienne also handed the master tapes of 'Foxbase Alpha' over to renowned producer Richard X who completely re-worked the material.

Now Saint Etienne are to continue the re-issue series with new versions of their albums 'Tiger Bay' and 'Finisterre'. Due for release on May 4th, the records will be available through the band's long term home of Heavenly.

'Tiger Bay' saw the band merge electronic influences with British folk. Saint Etienne's second Top Ten album, the record featured guest appearances from the likes of Underworld, Shara Nelson, Stephen Duffy, arranger David Whitaker and more.

Meanwhile 'Finisterre' was a love / hate letter to London, recorded just after Ken Livingstone was elected mayor. With a host of unreleased tracks adding more atmosphere to the recording, the new version of the album contains the near-mythical Dr Who-sampling 'There There My Brigadier'.

Saint Etienne are due to release new versions of 'Tiger Bay' and 'Finisterre' on May 4th.

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