Fans of Sigur Ros’s unique brand of Icelandic sparkling majestic loveliness will be as delighted as I am to hear the announcement of a new album, coming to a record store (or indeed MP3 online store) near you soon. Valtari will be the band’s sixth official album (they released the live compilation Inni just recently as well) and is apparently penciled in for a release date of May 29th.

The album will be their first in four years, although frontman Jonsi has been involved in other projects since then, including his own “Sigur Ros goes pop” solo album, Go. It also marks the end of the band’s temporary hiatus, a phrase which tends to be a euphemism for a break-up without the official announcement. It’s lovely to know that they will be back in an official way after all.

No tour dates have been announced yet, but expect those sometime soon. In the meantime, here’s the tracklist for Valtari:

1 Êg Anda
2 Ekki Múkk

3 Varúð

4 Rembihnûtur
5 Dauðalogn
6 Varðeldur
7 Valtari
8 Fjögur Píanó

Try reading that one out loud after a few drinks. As an appetizer, there’s a link to “Ekki Múkk” below. If this track is anything to go by, it looks like the band will be returning with something closer to the atmospherics of Von rather than the more rhythmic sound deployed in Með Suð Í Eyrum Við Spilum Endalaust:

For more info on the album, visit the band’s website.