Pink Floyd are set to release a new album, called The Endless River, in October.
News of the LP came via the Twitter account of Polly Samson – partner of David Gilmour. The author said that the new album would be based on 1994 sessions with the band’s Richard Wright, who passed away in 2008 at the age of 65.
Consequence of Sound adds further details of the album, quoting singer Durga McBroom-Hudson who has toured with the band. “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). 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.”
Pink Floyd recently released a new box set of their last studio album, 1994’s The Division Bell, to mark its 20th anniversary. The six-disc set includes a remastered double LP edition of the album in a gatefold sleeve; a red 7-inch of single ‘Take It Back’; clear 7-inch of ‘High Hopes’; 12-inch blue vinyl of ‘High Hopes’ with reverse laser etched design; the 2011 remaster of The Division Bell; a Blu-ray disc including The Division Bell album in HD Audio, and a previously unreleased surround sound audio mix of the album by Andy Jackson. The Blu-ray disc also includes a new video for ‘Marooned’.
The album was originally recorded by the band at guitarist David Gilmour‘s Astoria houseboat studio and Britannia Row Studios in London with the majority of the lyrics being written by Gilmour and Polly Samson. The anniversary box-set discs have been remastered by long term Pink Floyd collaborators James Guthrie and Joel Plante.