Saint Etienne are big fans of Christmas. "I Was Born on Christmas Day," their 1993 single featuring The Charlatans' Tim Burgess, has become a holiday staple, and they regularly release limited edition albums via their fanclub during the yuletide season. They've just announced a new holiday EP, titled Her Winter Coat, that's out now via Heavenly.
The title track is keeping with the liminal vibes of this year's excellent I Was Trying to Tell You, with a decidedly glacial, crystalline feel. "It's been a while since our last really Christmassy Christmas record," says Bob Stanley. "But I think Pete has done a properly beautiful, icy, frosted, festive job on 'Her Winter Coat’." The EP also includes another lovely new song, "A Kiss Like This," which is a little more in Saint Etienne's normal synthpop wheelhouse, and instrumental "Lillehammer."