The Endless River, the forthcoming album from art-rock greats Pink Floyd, is the band’s first since 1994’s The Division Bell, and the band’s David Gilmour says it will be their last. The album is mostly instrumental, but one song, “Louder Than Words,” has lyrics from Gilmour’s wife Polly Samson. The song is a lovely piece of work, a slow prog-rock elegy with an gospel choir and some classic Floyd guitar. And it’s a tribute to both the band’s internal dynamics and to multi-instrumentalist Richard Wright, who passed away in 2008. Listen to a radio rip of the song, read some words from Gilmour below, and watch a new short promo for the album.
Talking about the song, Gilmour tells The Guardian this:
Well, Rick is gone. This is the last thing that’ll be out from us. I’m pretty certain there will not be any follow up to this. And Polly, my wife, thought that would be a very good lyrical idea to go out on. A way of describing the symbiosis that we have. Or had… I didn’t necessarily always give [Wright] his proper due. People have very different attitudes to the way they work and we can become very judgmental and think someone is not quite pulling his weight enough, without realising that theirs is a different weight to pull.
The Endless River is out 11/10 on Parlophone/Columbia. The Independent reports that the song “Talkin’ Hawkin'” will feature the sampled voice of the famous physicist Stephen Hawkins, who was also sampled on The Division Bell’s “Keep Talking.”