This July prog-rock fans around the world applauded the announcement of Pink Floyd’s first album in 20 years. This month has been the setting for an equally triumphant exultation as the album’s line-up, cover art and, most importantly, release date graced our news feeds. The Endless River, set for release on 10 November on Columbia Records, harkens back to the penultimate lyrics of The Division Bell, Floyd’s final studio release before their quiet discontinuation in 1994, and is based on more than 20 hours of material unused with the original line-up.
David Gilmour commented how the new release is a “21st-century Pink Floyd album” and all but an homage to the deceased Richard Wright, Floyd’s keyboardist. It will also feature some of Wright’s unearthed final recordings from as far back as 1969.
Whether a new LP from the giants of British rock music incites a tour from the group is yet to be confirmed. But the real question Floyd fans will inevitably be asking remains unanswered. Will new music see the return of co-founder Roger Walters?