Sigur Ros To Tour Behind 'Untitled' Album

Icelandic rock outfit Sigur Ros, whose new, untitled album is due Oct. 29 from MCA, will embark on a North American tour in its honor the following day, with 20 dates set through a Nov. 27 show in Van

Icelandic rock outfit Sigur Ros, whose new MCA album will remain untitled, will embark on a North American tour in its honor the following day, with 20 dates set through a Nov. 27 show in Vancouver. The new set is due Oct. 29 in North America.

The group had to cancel a set of European festival dates this summer to finish work on the new album, but with the set finally finished, its creators are hitting the road hard. A European tour starts Oct. 1 in London before making its way across the Atlantic later that month.

The eight-song album is divided into two halves, according to posts on the band's official Web site. The first four songs will be "sweet and fragile" while the other, heavier four are "bleaker, more melancholic, and intense." A short silence separates the thematic halves, though the songs themselves will not come with official names or titles. The album's cover will feature an empty pair of parentheses, which a post on the site says are "open to interpretation; for example, maybe it's an emphasis on the album's untitle, an invitation to each individual person to fill up the ( ) with their own album title."

A 12-page booklet insert will also be blank, allowing fans to fill in their own lyric interpretations, as guitarist/vocalist Jon Thor Birgisson sings in the group's made-up language Hopelandic. Live downloads of songs slated for "( )" are available on the band's Web site.

"( )" will be the follow-up to "Agaetis Byrjun" (Fat Cat), which won the inaugural U.S. Shortlist Prize, peaked at No. 24 on Billboard's Top Independent Albums chart in January, and has sold 104,000 copies in the U.S. to date, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

Here are Sigur Ros' tour dates:

Oct. 30: Toronto (Massey Hall)
Oct. 31: Montreal (Metropolis)
Nov. 1: New York (Beacon Theatre)
Nov. 3: Boston (Avalon)
Nov. 6: Atlanta (Variety Playhouse)
Nov. 7: Columbus, Ohio (Wexner Center)
Nov. 8: Detroit (State Theatre)
Nov. 10: Chicago (Riviera Theatre)
Nov. 11: Madison, Wis. (Barrymore Theatre)
Nov. 12: Minneapolis (State Theatre)
Nov. 14: St. Louis (Pageant)
Nov. 15: Lawrence, Kan. (Liberty Hall)
Nov. 16: Denver (Ogden Theatre)
Nov. 19-20: Los Angeles (Wiltern Theatre)
Nov. 21: San Diego (Spreckels Theatre)
Nov. 23: San Francisco (Warfield)
Nov. 25: Portland, Ore. (Roseland Theater)
Nov. 26: Seattle (Moore Theatre)
Nov. 27: Vancouver (Vogue Theatre)

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