Well, nobody saw this coming! It’s been revealed that Pink Floyd will release a new album in October, based on recording sessions dating back to 1994.
David Gilmour’s wife/co-lyricist Polly Samson broke the news on Twitter, posting simply: “Btw Pink Floyd album out in October is called The Endless River. Based on 1994 sessions is Rick Wright’s swansong and very beautiful.”
Longtime Pink Floyd backing vocalist Durga McBroom-Hudson has added further details, revealing that the album started life as an ambient instrumental set called The Big Spliff recorded around the same time as Pink Floyd’s last album, The Division Bell, but guitarist/vocalist David Gilmour and drummer Nick Mason have gone back to the recordings and finished them up. McBroom-Hudson had recently posted a photo to Facebook of a studio session with Gilmour. Over the weekend she wrote, “Remember this photo? It wasn’t what you THOUGHT it was… YES. THERE IS A NEW PINK FLOYD ALBUM COMING OUT. AND I’M ON IT. And there was much rejoicing.”
If you can’t wait until October to get your Floyd fix, a 20th anniversary version of The Division Bell is out now in multiple formats including a Deluxe Box version which includes the album on two LPs, a Blu-Ray featuring 5.1 and HD audio mixes of the album and a new video for the song “Marooned”, three vinyl singles and a copy of the album on CD as well.
For further reading:
Saturday Night Special: Pink Floyd, Animals