There’s some exciting news for classic rock fans this week, as David Gilmour’s wife, Polly Samson, has revealed that Pink Floyd will release a new album this October.
The album, titled “The Endless River”, will be the first studio release in 20 years.
Inspired and partly drawn from the studio sessions that produced Pink Floyd’s 1994 album “The Division Bell”, “The Endless River” was originally intended to be a purely instrumental recording, but has transformed into a complete album.
Backing singer Durga McBroom-Hudsgon, who has toured with Pink Floyd in the past, confirmed the news in a Facebook post:
“Yes. There is a new Pink Floyd album coming out. And I’m on it. And there was much rejoicing.”
She followed the post with a picture taken with David Gilmour during the album’s recording, and revealed that it began during sessions for “The Division Bell” but has been expanded on in the past few years.
Fans had been anticipating a release for some years, with rumours circulating about a project known only as “The Big Spliff.”
Rick Wright, one of the founders of Pink Floyd, passed away in 2008 from cancer, but much of his matieral and recording will be featured on “The Endless River.” Samson referred to the album as his “swansong”, and noted that his tracks are “very beautiful.”
An official confirmation from the band hasn’t been announced yet, and it’s unclear whether Roger Waters will appear on the record. Waters wasn’t involved in the recording of “Division Bell”, but he has appeared with Pink Floyd for special live performances a few times in the years following its release.
In commemoration of the 20 years that have passed since “The Division Bell”, Pink Floyd have also released a special reissue of the record, re-mastered and complete with new artwork and a Blu Ray version for fans to enjoy as they await Pink Floyd’s 15th studio album.