After two decades of silence, the legendary prog-rock band Pink Floyd will finally release a new album titled “The Endless River.” The new record is expected to see the world somewhere in October, 2014.
The first to announce the surprising news was Polly Samson, guitarist David Gilmour’s wife, when she tweeted about the upcoming album, saying that it will be called “The Endless River” and based on sessions recorded in 1994, the year the band’s last studio album, “The Division Bell”, was released.
“Btw Pink Floyd album out in October is called “The Endless River”. Based on 1994 sessions is Rick Wright’s swansong and very beautiful,” her Tweet read. Samson worked as a co-writer on much of “The Division Bell” album.
The sessions, turned into entire album, were made by David Gilmore and Nick Mason, and are known to Pink Floyd fans as “The Big Spliff.” However, nothing was said whether the long-time bassist, Roger Waters, will take part in the recording. Waters penned popular songs on Pink Floyd’s biggest albums such as “The Dark Side of the Moon”, “The Walland Wish You Were Here”. Recently, Waters has been performing solo.
The next person to confirm the album’s existence was the band’s touring vocalist Durga McBroom-Hudson, who sang backup with the band throughout the 80s and 90s.
She posted a photo from the recording sessions on her Facebook, saying that the album will contain “all unreleased songs.”
“The recording did start during The Division Bell sessions (and yes, it was the side project originally titled ‘The Big Spliff’ that Nick Mason spoke about),” she explained.
“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. David then expanded on my backing vocals and has done a lead on at least one of them. That’s the song you see being worked on in the photo.”
Pink Floyd was formed in 1965 and is considered by Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as one of the most-recognizable and influential bands in history.
David Gilmour joined the band in 1967, before original members began leaving for various reasons. Richard Wright eventually returned in the ’90s, what resulted into the final album in 1994. The new album marks the 20th anniversary of the 1994’s record “The Division Bell.” Wright died in 2008 at the age of 65 after a long battle with cancer, taking with him all hopes for a new material.
Before Wright’s death, Pink Floyd did a reunion performance in 2005. Drummer Nick Mason and Gilmour briefly played together in 2011.