Sigur Ros abuzz with new album

First single hits radio, track offered on Web site

NEW YORK -- On the heels of their 2007 live release "Heima," Icelandic group Sigur Ros is preparing to release its next studio album, "Meo suo i eyrum vio spilum endalaust." The album, which translated into English from Icelandic means "With a Buzz in Our Ears We Play Endlessly," is due June 24 via XL. Fans, however, will have several opportunities to hear the set even earlier.

Opening track "Gobbledigook" will premiere Tuesday on BBC Radio 1 and will soon be available for free download on the band's Web site. Customers who pre-order the album beginning June 2 can download it a week ahead of release; the Web site will stream the album beginning June 9.

"With a Buzz" was produced by the band and Flood. It marks the first Sigur Ros band has recorded an album outside of Iceland, as the combo rolled tape in New York, London, Havana and its own facilities in Reykjavik.

While the majority of the album features vocalist Jon Thor Birgisson singing in Icelandic, one song includes English lyrics for the first time. The London Oratory Boy's Choir, string quartet Amiina and a five-piece brass section also contribute.

Here are Sigur Ros' tour dates:

June 5: Guadalajara, Mexico (Teatro Degollado)
June 7: Tepoztlan, Mexico (Festival La Colmena)
June 8: Tijuana, Mexico (Planeta Tijuana)
Jun 11: Omaha, Neb. (Orpheum Theater)
June 12: Kansas City, Mo. (Uptown Theater)
June 14: Manchester, Tenn. (Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival)
June 16: New York (Grand Ballroom)
June 20: Neuhausen ob Eck, Germany (Southside Festival)
June 22: Scheesel, Germany (Hurricane Festival)
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