Pink Floyd working on a “new” album, set to be released in October 2014.
The surviving members of the last Pink Floyd lineup, David Gilmour and Nick Mason, have announced that the band will officially release a new album in October. This will be the first album the band have released since 1994’s “Division Bell”. The lineup at the time included David Gilmour on guitar and vocals, Nick Mason on drums and Rick Wright on keyboards. Wright passed away in 2008 from cancer, which leaves Gilmour and Mason as the two surviving members, since Roger Waters (their iconic singer and bassist) left the group in 1985.
The announcement of this upcoming release was made nonchalantly by Gilmour’s wife, Polly Samson, via her twitter profile and was subsequently confirmed by the band. The album is “new” in that the origin of most of the material actually dates back to the “Division Bell” recording sessions of 1993/4, and as a result will include quite a bit of Rick Wright’s written material. The band, particularly Gilmour, worked on the leftover material, and it progressed so much so that the band decided they had enough good material for a complete album.
The songs were actually meant to be mostly instrumental tracks, but the group then brought in singer Durga McBroom-Hudson, who had worked both with Pink Floyd and with Gilmour in the past, to add vocals to some of the material. Gilmour then added a few vocal parts himself (he sang many songs in Pink Floyd alongside Waters and then by himself after Waters left the band) so the final album won’t be just a collection of instrumental tracks as first thought.
The record will be titled “The Endless River” and will be produced by Gilmour and Phil Manzanera (guitarist for Roxy Music). And while Roger Waters just recently finished a very successful tour of “The Wall”, which included a guest appearance by Gilmour and Mason at the London show, it is not expected that he will re-join Pink Floyd in this new endeavour. And as yet it’s not known whether the band will tour following the release of the album, but all you Pink Floyd fans out there can do is wait and hope. 🙂