This time I’m very glad to talk about Pink Floyd´s new album from last week, “The Endless River”.
The Endless River is based on re-vising material from the 1993 Division Bell sessions, which contains original recordings from Richard (Rick) Wright (1943-2008), former keyboardist of the band.
David Gilmour and Nick Mason (remaining living members of the band) refer to this piece is a tribute for their friend Rick, whose sound will be a part of them forever.
Rick wright talking about his favourite song:
The track “Talkin’ Hawkin” features a voice sample of Stephen Hawking’s voice taken from a 1994 British Telecom advertisement.
Some words from David Gilmour about their song “Louder than words” (the only one that contains lyrics)
“The music for Louder Than Words is from those final sessions, the three of us playing together on the houseboat Astoria with Rick’s idiosyncratic keyboards reminding me now that you don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone. At the start of the album I asked Polly [Samson] to write the lyrics. She felt that what I played her didn’t need words, that hearing us play was more interesting. In the end she wrote just this one, which expresses, beautifully I think, the way the three of us, me, Nick and Rick have something when we play together, that has a magic that is louder than words”, David Gilmour
Louder than Words:
In few days, this album release has carried on interesting numbers, hurtling towards the Official Albums Chart number 1.
“Taking a strong lead on fellow rockers Foo Fighters, Floyd’s The Endless River has sold over 92,000 copies at this midweek stage and is set to become one of the fastest-selling artist albums of the year, as well as Pink Floyd’s first chart topper in nearly two decades”, taken from their FB fan-page.
Let me tell you my opinion of the album as a personal glimpse and as a strong Pink Floyd’s music fan. First, the fact that Pink Floyd makes a new album is amazing itself, so my expectation and my disposition to this one were already biased. As I heard the pieces, I felt a strong nostalgia on their sound and melodies. Melodies are not “dark” anymore, but very “healing”. I saw the interviews and photos and I really got impressed on David and Nick. They look older, but happy. As I was hearing the album, I got very emotional thinking in the possibility that maybe this is a “good-bye” message, “as the endless river will always flow” within their music in our hearts forever. Their love to their friend Rick is so strongly demonstrated in the music, so as the feeling of “we’ll meet again soon”.
I invite all of you to find some time and hear this beautiful work.
You can find it on Spotify in this link: Pink Floyd – The Endless River
Until next time!