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Veteran electro-infused UK dream-dance outfit St. Etienne have given Pains Of Being Pure At Heart’s “Higher Than The Stars” the extended treatment via their “Higher Than The Stars (Saint Etienne visits Lord Spank Remix).” In St. Etienne’s hands the shiny, gently introverted C86-nodding original struts slowly onto the dancefloor and owns the place with beds of percussion, wandering synthesizers/pianos, and the ghost of Sarah Cracknell. (If dancing’s not your thing, it also appropriately feels like an exhilarating drive down a misty road “in the back of your mother’s car.”) The untouched version’s the title track of the “Higher Than Stars” EP. The listing’s changed a bit from previous mentions — and will be available as a CD and in three different vinyl versions — so take a look at all of those as well as Pains’ tour dates while blissing out on St. Etienne’s creation.

The “Higher Than The Stars” EP:

CD
01 “Higher Than The Stars”
02 “103″
03 “Falling Over”
04 “Twins”
05 “Higher Than The Stars (Saint Etienne Visits Lord Spank Remix)”

7″
01 “Higher Than The Stars”
02 “Higher Than The Stars (Others In Conversation Remix)”

12″
01 “Higher Than The Stars”
02 “103″
03 “Falling Over”
04 “Twins”

12″ REMIX
A1 “Higher Than The Stars (Saint Etienne Visits Lord Spank Remix)”
B1 “Falling Over (DJ Downfall Sprechenbann Mix)”
B2 “Higher Than The Stars (Skanfrom Remix)”

The “Higher Than The Stars” EP is out in these various forms 9/22 via Slumberland/Fortuna Pop. Before then, the band’s out on the road:

09/05 – Boston, MA @ Middle East Downstairs &+
09/06 – Montreal, QC @ La Sala Rossa &+
09/07 – Toronto, ON @ Horeshoe Tavern &+
09/08 – Chicago, IL @ Logan Square Auditorium &+
09/09 – Madison, WI @ Stage Door at the Orpheum &+
09/10 – Omaha, NE @ The Slowdown &+
09/12 – Morrison, CO @ Monolith Festival
09/13 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court &+
09/14 – Boise, ID @ Neurolux &+
09/15 – Seattle, WA @ Neumo’s &+
09/17 – Portland, OR @ MFNW / Doug Fir &+
09/18 – San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall &+
09/19 – Los Angeles, CA @ Troubadour &+
09/21 – San Diego, CA @ Casbah &+
09/22 – Tucson, AZ @ Club Congress &+
09/24 – Forth Worth, TX @ Lola’s &+
09/25 – Austin, TX @ The Mohawk &+
09/26 – New Orleans, LA @ One Eyed Jacks &+
09/27 – Tallahassee, FL @ Club Down Under (Florida State University) &+
09/28 – Atlanta, GA @ The Earl &+
09/29 – Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 506 &+
09/30 – Washington, DC @ Black Cat &+
10/01 – Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar &+
10/03 – New York, NY @ Webster Hall &+
10/05 – Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church &+

& w/ The Depreciation Guild
+ w/ Cymbals Eat Guitars

 
Comments (6)
  1. Spencer  |   Posted on Sep 2nd, 2009 0

    Dream-dance? Never heard that one before.

  2. Los Hongos de Marosa  |   Posted on Sep 2nd, 2009 0

    ….It’s amazing what machines can do these days…

  3. Memphisto  |   Posted on Sep 2nd, 2009 0

    who isnt being remixed these days? boresville

  4. bug  |   Posted on Sep 3rd, 2009 0

    Lovely stuff.

  5. Is it wrong of me to not be interested in this band simply because of their band name? 5 words max for a band name and that’s only if “of, the, or and” are in the title. Aside from the fact that the album cover from their self-titled lp looked like a Belle & Sebastian rip-off.

  6. etor  |   Posted on Oct 2nd, 2009 0

    So amazing! So worth getting on this remix alone. I hope I can still like the original version.

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