Sparks, one of the most unique and brilliant musical entities to ever roam the Earth, have officially announced details of their upcoming new album. Hippopotamus, their 24th studio album, will be released this coming September with a world tour to follow.

"Excited to finally announce the new Sparks album Hippopotamus will be out on 8th September!," reads the official statement on their Facebook page. "But wait, there's more! The first single will come out tonight! (Friday, March 24) at midnight (GMT), and tour dates will be announced on Monday. Stay tuned!" The first 1,000 orders placed via the band's official online store will come with a free and exclusive 7-inch single.

Since first forming as Halfnelson back in the late '60s, brothers Ron and Russell Mael have been making music unlike anyone else. Following a pair of offbeat rock albums in 1972, the brothers picked up and relocated to England where fortune and fame would strike with the release of the single "This Town Ain't Big Enough for the Both of Us" (No. 2 in the U.K.) and the album Kimono My House. Though always more popular abroad, they did have a some success in the homeland in the early '80s with albums like Angst in My Pants and Sparks in Outer Space, which included the hit "Cool Places."

Unlike so many long running acts, the brothers Mael have constantly moved forward, experimenting with new sounds, styles and ideas. However, in 2012, they took a look back at their history by performing their entire back catalog at the time -- 21 albums -- in 21 nights at the Shepherd's Bush Empire in London.

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