Well, we sure as hell didn’t see this one coming. When the special edition of Pink Floyd‘s The Division Bell was announced in May, it seemed like a natural step preceding the announcement of a solo album by either David Gilmour or Roger Waters. What followed, as it turns out, is something quite unexpected: a new Pink Floyd album, based off sessions that began in 1994, was confirmed by at least two sources.
First, David Gilmour’s wife Polly Samson took to twitter to state, unprovoked: “By the way, Pink Floyd album out in October is called The Endless River.” See the tweet below:
Btw Pink Floyd album out in October is called “The Endless River”. Based on 1994 sessions is Rick Wright’s swansong and very beautiful.
— Polly Samson (@PollySamson) July 5, 2014
This comes not long after Samson posted a photo of Gilmour in a recording studio, which was instantly assumed to be related to a solo album of his. As it turns out, those were in fact sessions a Pink Floyd album that was left unfinished in 1994, and has now been picked back up. One of the singers in the photo, Durga McBroom-Hudson, went on to re-post the picture on Facebook and provide further detail (via Ultimate Classic Rock):
She also commented the following:
The recording did start during The Division Bell sessions (and yes, it was the side project originally titled “The Big Spliff” that Nick Mason spoke about). Which is why there are Richard Wright tracks on it. But David and Nick have gone in and done a lot more since then. 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. That’s the song you see being worked on in the photo.
This means that the lineup we’ll see on this album is probably the one that ended in the 90’s – no Roger Waters. As this is pretty surprising news, we’ll soon find out whether these two sources are actually right on their description of the project, and whether or not it will bear the Pink Floyd name. Regardless of that, one can bet that unreleased music from Gilmour, Mason and Wright will see the light of day soon enough.