Originally expected this summer and then in October, the third studio album from indie rock act the Shins is now on track for an early 2007 arrival.

Originally expected this summer and then in October, the third studio album from indie rock act the Shins is now on track for an early 2007 arrival, according to a Sub Pop spokesperson. The as-yet-untitled album is the follow-up to 2003's "Chutes Too Narrow," which has sold 393,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

"We have never been more happy with anything that we've ever recorded before," the band wrote last week on its newly relaunched Web site. "And we can definitely say that it is due to the fact that we've been given so much time to perfect it. The record is the best we've ever done."

The group has been road-testing a handful of new songs this summer, including "Circus Walk," "Australia," "Phantom," "New Step" and "Won One Too Many Fights." More touring is on tap this fall, described by the Shins as "a normal U.S. tour of regular venues."

Here are the Shins' tour dates:

Aug. 23: Brooklyn, N.Y. (McCarren Park Pool)
Sept. 15: Austin, Texas (Stubb's BBQ)
Sept. 16: Austin, Texas (Zilker Park, Austin City Limits)
Sept. 30: Mountain View, Calif. (Shoreline Amphitheatre, Download Festival)