Pink Floyd Reveal The Endless River Details
For their first album in more than two decades, it appears that Pink Floyd are going full art-rock. We learned over the summer that the band was planning to release The Endless River, the follow-up to 1993’s The Division Bell, this year. And today, the band revealed the details of the album. It’s a four-sided mostly-instrumental double-LP, though one song, “Louder Than Words,” has lyrics from David Gilmour’s wife Polly Samson. According to the band, it works as a sort of tribute to multi-instrumentalist Richard Wright, who died of cancer in 2008. The band used music they’d recorded during the Division Bell sessions as a starting point, and Wright’s playing is on the album. Gilmour co-produced Endless River with Phil Manzanera, Youth, and Andy Jackson. Below, check out the tracklist, watch/hear some teasers, and read some words from Gilmour and Nick Mason.
01 “Things Left Unsaid”
02 “It’s What We Do”
03 “Ebb And Flow”
08 “The Lost Art Of Conversation”
09 “On Noodle Street”
10 “Night Light”
11 “Allons-y (1)”
12 “Autumn ’68”
13 “Allons-y (2)”
14 “Talkin’ Hawkin'”
16 “Eyes To Pearls”
18 “Louder Than Words”
The Endless River has as its starting point the music that came from the 1993 Division Bell sessions. We listened to over 20 hours of the three of us playing together and selected the music we wanted to work on for the new album. Over the last year we’ve added new parts, re-recorded others and generally harnessed studio technology to make a 21st century Pink Floyd album. With Rick gone, and with him the chance of ever doing it again, it feels right that these revisited and reworked tracks should be made available as part of our repertoire.
The Endless River is a tribute to Rick. I think this record is a good way of recognizing a lot of what he does and how his playing was at the heart of the Pink Floyd sound. Listening back to the sessions, it really brought home to me what a special player he was.
The Endless River is out 11/10 via Parlophone/Columbia. You can order it here.