American fans of Icelandic export Sigur Rós and their hypnotic, chilling post-rock sound no longer need exit the record store deprived of the band's hard-to-find import Ágætis Byrjun.
Recorded in 1998, Ágætis Byrjun is set for an early May release in the U.S., thanks to a deal between Fat Cat, the British label behind the LP's 1999 release, and Pias America/MCA Records.
Ágætis Byrjun is the second album from Sigur Rós, who were tapped by Radiohead to open dates on their 2000 European tour.
The domestic issue of the album (whose title translates from Icelandic to mean "a nice beginning," prophetically enough) coincides with the quartet's first-ever North American tour, which kicks off later this month at the Coachella festival in Indio, California (see "Sigur Rós Crossing Atlantic For First Stateside Tour").
After their April 28 appearance at Coachella, where they share the bill with acts such as reunited revolutionaries Jane's Addiction, geeks-with-guitars Weezer and U.K. big-beat freaks Chemical Brothers, the Icelandic troupe will make stops in Hollywood, San Francisco, Toronto, Chicago and New York.
If you're not near the few cities on Sigur Rós' itinerary this time around, fear not. According to a spokesperson from the band's U.S. label, a second North American visit from the band is in the works.