In a recent interview with the BBC, David Gilmour, guitarist and vocalist for legendary art-rock band Pink Floyd, was asked about the band’s forthcoming (and unexpected) album release, The Endless River. Among many remarks and nods of accreditation, Gilmour did say, “I’m pretty certain there will not be any follow up to this. And Polly, my wife, thought that would be a very good lyrical idea to go out on. A way of describing the symbiosis that we have. Or had.”
Gilmour was speaking frankly about his dear friend and passed on keyboardist, Richard Wright, whom he believed was given a lack of appreciation by the media and – most especially – by his bandmates. The Endless River is a sort of memoriam for Wright and the pivotal role he played in the three-man symphony.
“I didn’t necessarily always give him his proper due,” Gilmour said during the radio interview. “People have very different attitudes to the way they work and we can become very judgmental and think someone is not quite pulling his weight enough, without realizing that theirs is a different weight to pull.”
Despite The Endless River‘s mostly instrumental runtime, The Independent deduced news of a special guest vocalist to appear on the album. On a track titled “Talkin’ Hawkin’,” a sample from a 1994 British Telecom advertisement features genius physicist Stephen Hawking and his synthesized voice. It’s confirmed, however, that there is no intended relation to this track and “Keep Talking,” a Pink Floyd song that also samples Hawking from the same commercial.
Currently, Gilmour’s wife Polly (who originally spilt the beans about The Endless River back in July) – and now Stephen Hawking – are the only two confirmed vocalists present on the album. The Endless River is scheduled for a November 10th release through Parlophone/Colombia; being the last output from the band since 1994’s The Division Bell.
Additionally, here are three audio teasers for any Pink Floyd fans out there who can hardly hold themselves to wait: