Pink Floyd fans around the world yesterday were given reason to celebrate when Polly Samson, the wife of the band’s guitarist and co-vocalist David Gilmour revealed the band would release an album, titled ‘The Endless River’ this October. Now, the surprise album has all but been confirmed as further details have come to light.
In an update on her Twitter feed, Samson, yesterday announced the new album would contain unreleased tracks written by Gilmour, Nick Mason, and the late Richard Wright, which date back to 1994. She went onto describe the album as Wright’s “swansong,” adding it was, “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
Today, UK newspaper The Sun is reporting that a reliable, yet unnamed, “source close to the project” has confirmed Gilmour and Mason entered the studio six months ago to begin work on the album. According to the source, the material, which has been sitting in a vault in London’s Abbey Road Studios has, “been a joy for [them] to rediscover.”
Additionally, the publication hinted that the band’s co-founder, Roger Waters is not involved in the project.
Perhaps more revealing, singer Durga McBroom-Hudson, who apparently guests on the album, revealed the music was originally intended for a scrapped album called ‘The Big Spliff.’ However, she explained that the music had since been expanded upon: “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.”
McBroom-Hudson posted the below photo, taken from last year’s sessions.
According to the Pink Floyd news site Brain-Damage, a spokesman for the band has also confirmed there will be no accompanying live tour.
A formal announcement is expected at some point on Monday. Stay tuned.
Meanwhile, check out the below soundscape of music originally intended for ‘The Big Spliff.’