Noah and the Whale Announce 'Heart of Nowhere' for May 6

 Noah and the Whale, the British alt-pop band led by Charlie Fink, will release their fourth album Heart of Nowhere on May 6 in the U.K. -- a street date for the U.S. market has not been confirmed.

From the band's note to fans: "The album has now been mixed by the most excellent Craig Silvey (who has worked previously with Arcade Fire, Arctic Monkeys, and REM) and mastering is almost completed. Craig brought a real dynamism and musicality to the rough mixes, and he proved to be the perfect man for the job. His love of loud bass and drums enamoured him greatly to Mike and I, and his love of Mexican food soon placated the rest of the band.

"Without giving too much away, we are incredibly proud of Heart Of Nowhere. It was recorded live and spending the last two years on the road with the same lineup, has greatly benefitted our collective playing. Charlie's voice is resplendent throughout, while the band itself has honed a tighter, sparser and more muscular sound which was developing at the live shows. Ultimately though, our focus is on forever serving the songs themselves, and in this department I believe this could be our strongest and most ambitious collection yet. In short, we're just very excited for you guys to hear it.

"Part of our impatience for the release of Heart Of Nowhere is the desire to take the new songs to the stage. Our touring in 2013 will kick off with us playing "A Month Of Sundays" at the legendary Palace Theatre in the heart of London's West End, starting on April 28th and continuing the 5th, 12th and 19th May respectively. The Palace Theatre is set on Cambridge Circus, just up from Leicester Square and above Chinatown, before the city gives way to the labyrinths of Soho. Set back from the road it's the only theatre in London which is it's very own self-contained island. Equally I believe it augurs well that 100 years ago a certain Mr Herman Finck was musical director from 1900-1920. When considering our next choice of venue, The Palace was the ideal choice, due to the level of intimacy the 4 tiers achieved, in spite of its sizeable capacity. Equally the splendour of its vaulted ornate ceiling, marble staircases and lavish velveteen seating, lend an immense sense of occasio n to the setting that's hard to match."