Pink Floyd is one of those bands that does everything on a grand scale, from epic 15 minute tracks to out of this world light shows. There is never an album which could be considered a ‘filler’, and with the release of each one, the band always brings something truly inspirational to the world of progressive music.
After Roger Waters’ official departure from the band in 1985, the band took a turn towards the more traditional style of earlier albums such as Wish You Were Here and The Dark Side Of The Moon, and under the leadership of guitarist David Gilmour and drummer Nick Mason, produced a further two studio albums (A Momentary Lapse of Reason and The Division Bell).
Since the release of The Division Bell, however, the band has been quiet. Aside from the occasional reunion for certain one off special events – Live 8 and Waters’ O2 Arena show being the most notable – Pink Floyd as we knew and loved it had ceased to be. Gilmour himself has on a number of occasions voiced his thoughts that he would prefer to work on his own original solo material at this stage.
Fans have been left with fond memories of great albums, and those who were lucky enough to have caught tours such as Pulse have memories to last a lifetime. 14 albums isn’t a bad run at all for a band 30 years in the game, and certain tracks enjoy a lifetime of listening and have gone down in history as stellar examples of exquisite guitar work and masterful lyric-writing.
It therefore came as a great shock to many people the world over when David Gilmour’s wife, Polly Samson, announced over Twitter that Pink Floyd’s 15th album is scheduled for a release in October of this year!
The news spread like wildfire and was just the spark needed to reignite the flame in the hearts of the fans. Titled The Endless River, the album is said to be a ‘Swan Song’ for keyboardist Richard Wright, who passed away in 2008. It is all previously unreleased material, largely ambient instrumental offerings, and includes tracks recorded with Wright on keys.
While some may say that Pink Floyd is nothing without the full original line-up – the Gilmour/Waters combination was truly a musical force to be reckoned with – we here at Baroni Lab await this third Gilmour-era Pink Floyd installment with baited breath.