[a]Sparklehorse[/a] are set to make a return with their second album on July 20...

Sparklehorse are set to make a return with their second album, the follow-up to 1996's acclaimed 'Vivadixiesubmarine- transmissionplot'.

The new album, 'Good Morning Spider', contains 17 tracks and was produced by Sparklehorse main man Mark Linkous. It is released by Parlophone on July 20. Briefly describing the album, Linkous says: "There's a lot of piano and cello and an organ made by Mattel Toy Corporation in the '70s called an Optigan, which I broke. Some rhythm tracks were built from samples I made of steam-powered engines."

The band are also planning a handful of dates in July. The shows take place at Bristol Fleece & Firkin (July 21), Hackney Empire (22), Oxford Zodiac (24) and Sheffield Leadmill (25). Tickets cost '7.00 and are available from the NME 24-hour ticketline on 0870 1212 500. All calls are charged at national (UK) standard rate.

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