Pink Floyd presented a complex, 22-minute soundscape before its 1994 concerts in support of The Division Bell, perhaps giving fans a preview of what’s to come on a forthcoming album reportedly to be called The Endless River.
Attached above, the track begins with a lengthy ambient portion featuring principally natural sounds, before — at roughly 10 minutes in — seeming to finally take shape around a series of keyboard washes. Just like that, however, it’s subsumed again in atmospheric sounds.
That would closely resemble the profile of recordings made during the so-called Big Spliff sessions, held around the same time as The Division Bell — and apparently the basis for this belated release featuring David Gilmour, Nick Mason and the late Rick Wright. Mason has previously compared this unreleased music to the Orb, who would later collaborate with Gilmour on the terrific 2010 release Metallic Spheres.
Polly Samson — lyricist on The Division Bell as well as the only Gilmour solo recording to have emerged since, 2006’s On an Island — leaked the album title and a proposed October release date. (Samson is Gilmour’s wife.) Sessions have also been confirmed by Durga McBroom-Hudson, a backup vocalist with Pink Floyd; and by Andy Jackson, a recording engineer with the band.
Samson says The Endless River (apparently named after the penultimate line on “High Hopes,” the closing song from The Division Bell) is due in October 2014. An official announcement, however, has not been made.