Will Hermes
June 09, 2000 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Sound of Water

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
Producers
Sub Pop
genre
Pop

We gave it an A-

After proving on 1998’s Good Humor that they could make the perky ’60s-70s AM-radio pop they’d always worshiped, the proto-trip hoppers Saint Etienne celebrate their 10th year with a return to moody futurism. With help from German electronicats To Rococo Rot, The Sound of Water is a dreamy set suffused with synth bleeps and strings, nodding to Eno, Abba, and U.K. electro-soul peers Everything but the Girl. High point: ”How We Used to Live.” A-

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