Pink Floyd’s “final” album, The Division Bell, was released in 1994. The band’s guitarist, singer and de facto leader, David Gilmour, apparently intends to commemorate the occasion with a deluxe reissue – and something a little more anticipated: the first new Pink Floyd album in two decades.
Gilmour’s wife, author Polly Samson, leaked the news on Twitter Saturday, writing, “Pink floyd album out in October is called The Endless River. Based on 1994 sessions is Rick Wright’s swansong and very beautiful.”
Rick Wright, Pink Floyd’s keyboard player, died of an undisclosed form of cancer in 2008.
Touring Floyd singer Durga McBroom-Hudson revealed more details about the album on her Facebook page.
“The recording did start during the Division Bell sessions (and yes, it was the side project originally titled ‘The Big Spliff’ that [Pink Floyd drummer] 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.”
The presence of ex-Floyd bassist and singer Roger Waters (the architect of much of the band’s sound) has not been confirmed. Tensions between Waters and Gilmour are fraught, to say the least – the pair have reunited sporadically for one-off performances, but it’s unlikely Gilmour will bring him into the studio for the new album.