Rock band Pink Floyd are poised to release their first new album in 20 years, confirms Rolling Stone.
The news first broke unofficially on Saturday. Singer-guitarist David Gilmour’s wife, Polly Samson, stunned fans when she dropped the bombshell news via Twitter.
“Btw,” wrote Samson casually, “Pink Floyd album out in October is called The Endless River. Based on 1994 sessions is Rick Wright’s swan song and very beautiful.”
Wright, the founding member of the band, died of cancer in 2008. He was 65.
Rolling Stone confirmed the news with a representative of Gilmour.
Another social media platform, Facebook, has also been an information source for the upcoming album.
Musician Durga McBroom-Hudson, who toured with the band in 1980s and 1990s, is involved with The Endless River and confirmed as much on her personal Facebook page.
“Yes. There is a new Pink Floyd album coming out,” writes McBroom-Hudson. “And I’m on it. And there was much rejoicing.”
She also shared more details of the upcoming album.
“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,” remarked McBroom-Hudson. “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.”
Material on The Endless River appears to be unreleased recordings during The Divison Bell sessions that have been expanded upon.
The band recently made a splash July 1, celebrating the 20th anniversary of its The Division Bell album with a special reissue.
An exact October date for Pink Floyd’s The Endless River has yet to be released.