Pink Floyd are on the cover of the new issue of Uncut, on sale tomorrow – September 23.
In the issue, we trace the secret sources of Pink Floyd’s new album, The Endless River, and discover how a 20 year-old saga became a tribute to the band’s fallen comrade, Rick Wright.
Our cover story uncovers the album’s extraordinary journey, from vintage organ jams in the Royal Albert Hall to present-day goings on in London recording studios and a houseboat on the Thames.
Meanwhile, Pink Floyd have confirmed the tracklisting and release date for The Endless River.
Details about the album were revealed today as the album artwork appears on buildings in ten international cities, including an eight metre, lit installation on London’s South Bank.
The album is released on November 10. You can read the tracklisting below.
The Endless River has been produced by Phil Manzanera, Youth and Andy Jackson.
David Gilmour says: “The Endless River has as its starting point the music that came from the 1993 Division Bell sessions. We listened to over 20 hours of the three of us playing together and selected the music we wanted to work on for the new album. Over the last year we’ve added new parts, re-recorded others and generally harnessed studio technology to make a 21st century Pink Floyd album. With Rick gone, and with him the chance of ever doing it again, it feels right that these revisited and reworked tracks should be made available as part of our repertoire.”
Explains Nick Mason: “The Endless River is a tribute to Rick. I think this record is a good way of recognizing a lot of what he does and how his playing was at the heart of the Pink Floyd sound. Listening back to the sessions, it really brought home to me what a special player he was.”
The Endless River is mainly an instrumental album across ‘four sides’ with one song, “Louder Than Words” with new lyrics by Polly Samson.
You can hear 30 seconds of music from the new album here.
The concept for the album’s artwork of a man rowing on a ‘river’ of clouds was created by Ahmed Emad Eldin, an 18-year-old Egyptian digital artist. Ahmed’s image was then re-created by Stylorouge, award-winning UK design agency.
Pink Floyd’s album artwork, mostly created by Storm Thorgerson of Hipgnosis, is as legendary as the band’s music. With Storm’s passing in 2013, the task of finding an image that carried on Storm’s legacy passed to Aubrey ‘Po’ Powell, Storm’s original partner in Hipgnosis. Po said:
‘When we saw Ahmed’s image it had an instant Floydian resonance. It’s enigmatic and open to interpretation, and is the cover that works so well for The Endless River.”
The Endless River tracklisting:
Things Left Unsaid
It’s What We Do
Ebb And Flow
The Lost Art Of Conversation
On Noodle Street
Eyes To Pearls
Louder Than Words