Today (April 28), the Barr Brothers surprised their fans with the sudden release of a brand-new EP, Alta FallsIn support of their latest album, Sleeping Operator, the new EP features five tracks from those recording sessions (which are reported to have yielded 40 songs in total). You can stream the entire disc via Spotify.

"Friends, we're writing to you from our temporary refuge in Berlin, where the Sleeping Operator tour has led us thus far," the band wrote to their fans today. "We're very excited to be releasing a new EP this week ... the five songs on this record are some of our favorite misfits from the Sleeping Operator sessions. The cover art [below] is by our elusive friend Madame Gilles, whose posters have been anonymously gracing the telephone poles of Montreal for years. At this time, the EP will be available in digital format only."

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The Barr Brothers won't be in Berlin for long as they're scheduled to play London's O2 Shepard's Bush Empire tonight and Manchester's Albert Hall on April 30. They'll be in Europe through the beginning of May and will then jump back across the pond for a North American run. You can find their complete tour itinerary here.

Is Alta Falls just the beginning of more surprise releases from the Barr Brothers' Sleeping Operator recording sessions? With less than half of the 40 tracks now released, we're keeping our fingers crossed.