Pink Floyd confirm release date for their first new album in 20 years
Back in July, Columbia Records released a statement suggesting that a new Pink Floyd album could arrive by the end of the year, with an October release initially mooted, but yesterday the surviving members of the band put an end to speculation and confirmed that a new album, titled The Endless River, will be released on November 10th.
The new LP has been described by the band as a 'four-sided instrumental album', with Nick Mason saying that the new album is a tribute to their former keyboard player Richard Wright, who passed away in 2008, and the starting point for the new album appears to have been music from sessions that were recorded with Wright during the making of their 1994 album The Division Bell.
In a statement from the band, drummer Nick Mason said: "The Endless River is a tribute to Rick. I think this record is a good way of recognising 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."
Guitarist Dave Gilmour, who is producing the record along with Phil Manzanera, Andy Jackson and Killing Joke's Martin 'Youth' Glover, added: “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."
Bass player Roger Waters is not believed to be involved with the new album, although his relationship with the other band members appears to be less fractious than it has been in recent years, with Gilmour and Mason joining Waters onstage in London back in 2011 as part of his The Wall Live tour. There are however no plans to support the new LP with a live show.