It's official: Pink Floyd will release a new album this fall and I'm not too sure how I feel about it. 


The announcement about a new Pink Floyd album was made via Twitter by David Gilmour's partner Polly Samson. She said,

Btw Pink Floyd album out in October is called "The Endless River". Based on 1994 sessions is Rick Wright's swansong and very beautiful.

She also added that,

It was originally to be a completely instrumental recording, but I came in last December and sang on a few tracks. David then expanded on my backing vocals and has done a lead on at least one of them.

I say, "Meh."

The new album will be taken from material that was recorded during The Division Bell sessions, which David Gilmour, Richard Wright and Nick Mason all worked on. Richard has since passed away, but David and Nick have gone back and tweaked some things and the record will be ready for release in October.

The announcement of the new album, by the way, came on the anniversary of Syd Barrett's death. He passed away in England on 7 July, 2006.

The title for the new album, The Endless River is actually a play on some Pink Floyd song lyrics, which I thought was kind of cool, but I think that it should have been left the way it was. The mention of the river comes from See Emily Play, which was from their first album, The Piper at the Gates of Dawn from 1967 ("Float on a river forever and ever, Emily"). It also makes a reference to High Hopes, which was the last song on the record from their last album, The Division Bell from 1994 ("The endless river/Forever and ever").

Pink Floyd doesn't do anything accidentally.

I think I am going to refrain from getting too excited about this album. I really love Pink Floyd and 20 years on, the more I listen to The Division Bell, the more I really like it, but I think they should have just left well enough alone. We shall see come October. Come find me then and ask how I feel about it.