Pink Floyd’s New ‘Endless River’ Album Emerges, Including a Possible Audio Preview
Dubbed ‘The Big Spliff’ at the time, the original tapes found David Gilmour, Nick Mason and the late Rick Wright — members of the final incarnation of Pink Floyd — performing a series of ambient, lyricless songs. Mason referenced them a decade ago in his book ‘Inside Out,’ saying “we eventually ended up with enough left-over material that we considered releasing it as a second album.” He compared the music to that of the Orb, with whom Gilmour later collaborated in 2010.
Durga McBroom-Hudson, a long-time backup singer with Pink Floyd, says she’s added vocals to these leftover tracks, as has Gilmour. “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,” McBroom-Hudson says, via Facebook. “It was originally to be a completely instrumental recording, but I came in last December and sang on a few tracks.”
At that time, fans assumed they were at work on the next Gilmour solo album.
Both McBroom-Hudson and Pink Floyd recording engineer Andy Jackson, in a separate talk with the Floydian Slip news site, confirm that work has continued ever since on the secret project. Gilmour has expanded on the initially recorded backing vocals and, McBroom-Hudson says, “done a lead [vocal] on at least one of them.” Gilmour and Mason have made additional musical contributions, as well. “It is the extrapolation of the ‘Big Spliff’ — a bunch of jams from [‘The Division Bell’] sessions that have had new overdubs done in the last year or so,” Jackson says.
Fans will remember that Pink Floyd played a lengthy, atmospheric track before concerts in support of ‘The Division Bell.’ It’s still unclear, however, if that recording — heard above — would be part of ‘The Endless River.’
Polly Samson, Gilmour’s wife and a lyricist for the post-Roger Waters edition of the band, earlier leaked the album title — which echoes a line from the last song on ‘The Division Bell.’ Samson also said the project is set for October release.
An official announcement could come as soon as Monday.