Pink Floyd has surprised us all and announced a brand new album for release October 2014! The album, titled The Endless River, is said to feature material dating back to the 1993/94 Division Bell sessions featuring David Gilmour, Nick Mason and the late Richard Wright. Few details have been revealed but it seems like we’re in for a treat!
A confusing tweet from David’s wife, Polly, caused a lot of stir in social media last saturday. The tweet said “Btw Pink Floyd album out in October is called “The Endless River”. Based on 1994 sessions is Rick Wright’s swan song and very beautiful.” Whether or not this was a mistake against the will of the record company or a deliberate first step in what I’m sure is a massive marketing campaign is hard to tell (I’m pretty sure it’s the latter) but it didn’t take many hours before the news were all over the net.
Former Pink Floyd backing singer Durga McBroom tweeted shortly after confirming Polly’s news and even commented on a picture released earlier this year, which everyone thought was from David Gilmour’s forthcoming solo album. It seems that The Endless River will not only be a remix of the old sessions, which are said to be mostly ambient instrumental music, but it will also feature newly recorded music.
At this point we can only speculate as to how the album is going to be. Some of the material from the 1993/94 has been well known to bootleg collectors but we also know that there’s much more in the vault. I would assume that the majority of the material is from the early sessions featuring Bob Ezrin on bass and David using a slightly different rig than what he used on the main recording sessions. Hopefully, we’ll also get to hear some newly recorded guitars. One piece that’s been mentioned several times is The Big Spliff, which apparently is a larger instrumental suite.
It’s clear that this is a project mainly driven by Gilmour, with Nick Mason on board. Roger is not mentioned and I would be very surprised if he makes an appearance or has any relation at all. He was not a part of the band at that point and certainly not now. I’m sure many fans would like to see him be included in what might be considered as a Floyd reunion but the management has stressed that there will be no touring.
It seems like 2014 will be the year of Floyd. March was the 20th anniversary for Division Bell, which was celebrated with a collector’s box set and fort the first time, the complete album on vinyl. The Their Mortal Remains exhibition in Milan will open in September and now we also know that there will be a new album. It’s also been confirmed that David Gilmour is indeed working on a new solo album and that the album will be released sometime early 2015. Possibly in May. More on that as we get more news.
Of course you’ll get to read all about the gear and tones of The Endless River here on this site as soon as the album is out. In the mean time check out the Division Bell gear guide and read all about what gear David used on the album.
What are your expectations for the new album? Please feel free to share!