Pink Floyd is back after two decades with their new album, The Endless River. The album is a tribute to band’s famous keyboardist Rick Wright, who had passed away in 2008 after a long battle with cancer. The album will bring out unheard pieces of music, which Wright had recorded for a solo album, which he was working on before he died.
About this musical tribute to Wright, David Gilmour comments:
No one can replace Richard Wright. He was my musical partner and my friend. In the welter of arguments about who or what was Pink Floyd, Rick’s enormous input was frequently forgotten. He was gentle, unassuming, and private, but his soulful voice and playing were vital, magical components of our most recognised Pink Floyd sound. I have never played with anyone quite like him.
Egyptian teen Ahmed Emad Eldin’s image caught eye of the makers and it ended as the cover design of the album. The cover wasn’t designed on special order, but it was found on Behance while surfing for a suitable cover. Ahmed’s image depicts a man rowing boat over the ocean of clouds.
The album mostly includes instrumental songs and is prepared by David Gilmour, Nick Manson, Roxy Music guitarist Phil Manzanera, Youth and Andy Jackson. The album is said to be a long time coming.
Glamour comments about the album:
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 album is due to be released on November 10 this year. Take a look at some of the clips posted above from the albums if you wondering what Floydyian music would sound in 21st Century; the age of electronic music with ultra-advance studio effects.