Wow, 1994 was a long long time ago. That was the year of Pink Floyd’s last major release, The Division Bell. It was a beautiful album much in the vein of its direct predecessor A Momentary Lapse of Reason, and both were quintessential albums that defined Floyd in a post-Roger Waters era. Since then we have had a few Greatest Hits albums and some re-releases, but for the most part the band had gone pretty quiet for the last two decades. So it was a big surprise to say the least to see that Pink Floyd plans to release a new album this bloody fall! According to The Guardian, the album will be called The Endless River and will be available in October. This news was confirmed by band lead David Gilmour’s wife Polly Swanson on twitter this past weekend.
According to The Guardian, the album will be primarily instrument-driven with only backing vocals on the majority of tracks. There is at least one track where Gilmour takes on a lead vocal role, but other than that it appears he is playing it somewhat shy. Nevertheless, there will be a brand new Pink Floyd album coming out this year and those are words I never thought I would say again! It is a shame that we lost Storm Thorgerson last year. The noted photographer and long time collaborator with Pink Floyd who did many of their iconic album covers (Wish You Were Here is by far one of the greatest album covers of all time!) died of cancer in April 2013. Perhaps there is something in his back catalogue that they can use just to honor the man!
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