The iconic prog-rock band Pink Floyd will release its first album in 20 years this October, according to Polly Samson, wife of Floyd guitarist and co-lead vocalist David Gilmour, with a representative for Gilmour confirming the release of the album to Rolling Stone. Samson tweeted that the new album will be called The Endless River and is based on sessions recorded in 1994 during the recording of the band’s last studio album, The Division Bell. Samson said of the recordings, “[It] is Rick Wright’s swansong and very beautiful.” Wright died in 2008 at the age of 65.
Durga McBroom-Hudson, a touring backing vocalist for Floyd from 1987 to 1994, provided additional information on her Facebook page, “The recording did start during the Division Bell sessions (and yes, it was the side project originally titled ‘The Big Spliff’ that [Pink Floyd drummer] Nick Mason spoke about). Which is why there are Richard Wright tracks on it. But David and Nick have gone in and done a lot more since then. It was originally to be a completely instrumental recording, but I came in last December and sang on a few tracks.” McBroom-Hudson adds that Gilmour has expanded on the initially recorded backing vocals and “done a lead [vocal] on at least one of them.”
The presence of ex-Floyd bassist and singer Roger Waters has not yet been confirmed, though some sources say McBroom-Hudson has confirmed bassist Guy Pratt’s involvement on the album.
2014 marks the 20th anniversary of Floyd’s The Diving Bell and the 35th anniversary of The Wall; last year saw the 40th anniversary of The Dark Side of the Moon. A special anniversary re-issue of The Diving Bell is available now.
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