Although last year saw the return of groups like Neutral Milk Hotel, The Pixies and My Bloody Valentine with new music, it still comes as a surprise that Pink Floyd will have a new album out in October. This year is the 20th anniversary of their last album, 1994’s Division Bell.
David Gilmour’s wife, Polly Samson, shared information about the new music via a Tweet last night, adding that it will be based on 1994 sessions with the late Richard Wright and that it’s his “swansong and very beautiful.”
Btw Pink Floyd album out in October is called "The Endless River". Based on 1994 sessions is Rick Wright's swansong and very beautiful.
— Polly Samson (@PollySamson) July 5, 2014
The record will be called The Endless River, and Samson’s announcement sparked another, from singer Durga McBroom-Hudson, who toured with the band during the eighties and nineties. In a Facebook post, Durga confirmed her involvement with the project and shared a picture from the recording sessions.
“The recording did start during The Division Bell sessions (and yes, it was the side project originally titled The Big Spliff that [Pink Floyd’s drummer] Nick Mason spoke about), which is why there are Richard Wright tracks on it.” she wrote in a further Facebook comment on the photo.
“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. That’s the song you see being worked on in the photo.”
She commented further that all the songs are unreleased—so they’re all brand new to our ears. Although Durga confirms that there are unreleased Richard Wright songs on the record, there’s no word on whether or not the other founding member of Pink Floyd, Roger Waters will be involved. He left Pink Floyd in 1983 to focus on his solo career. David Gilmour also announced a solo album last fall, but he hasn’t commented on how the new Pink Floyd record will affect that, if it all.
Some sites were reporting that Pink Floyd’s recording engineer Andy Jackson confirmed his work on the album to the fan news site the Floydian Slip, but that post has now been removed.
An official announcement will probably come this week.