It has been 20 years since Pink Floyd released their last album, 1994’s The Division Bell. Now comes word that the group will issue a new record this fall, consisting of tracks recorded by keyboardist Rick Wright, guitarist David Gilmour, and drummer Nick Mason (shown above in a 1994 promo photo).
The news came over the holiday weekend via a tweet by Gilmour's wife, Polly Samson.
"BTW Pink Floyd album out in October is called The Endless River," Samson tweeted. "Based on 1994 sessions is Rick Wright's swansong and very beautiful." (Wright died in 2008.)
The news was subsequently confirmed by a representative for Gilmour.
The material, which does not feature Pink Floyd founding bassist Roger Waters, is sourced from unreleased recordings made during The Division Bell and is described by Mason as ambient in nature. The music was conceived for an album under the working title The Big Spliff. Though it was considered for release, the record was eventually shelved.
Following Wright’s death, Gilmour and Mason returned to the material intending to create an instrumental album. Gilmour subsequently began writing lyrics for the tracks, and backing vocals were recorded in December 2013 by singers including Durga McBroom-Hudson, who had previously toured with the group.
McBroom-Hudson writes 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 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.