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Pink Floyd to Release First New Album in Two Decades

Group portrait of Pink Floyd in 1972, left to right, Nick Mason, David Gilmour, Roger Waters and Rick Wright. Source: RB/Redferns via Getty Images
Group portrait of Pink Floyd in 1972, left to right, Nick Mason, David Gilmour, Roger Waters and Rick Wright. Source: RB/Redferns via Getty Images

Pink Floyd, the 1970s rock band known for its lush musical textures and meditative take on existence, will release its first new album in two decades.

The album, titled “The Endless River,” will be released in October, Doug Wright, a spokesman for the band, said in a statement today. It will be “mainly ambient and instrumental music” based on unreleased 1993-1994 sessions that featured guitarist David Gilmour, drummer Nick Mason and keyboardist Richard Wright, according to the statement.

The album “is Rick Wright’s swansong and very beautiful,” Polly Samson, the wife of guitarist Gilmour, said in a Twitter post. Wright, a founding member of the band, died in 2008.

Pink Floyd achieved worldwide fame with the 1973 album “The Dark Side of the Moon.” The album had a place on the weekly U.S. Billboard 200 charts for 14 consecutive years. The band has sold about 250 million albums, according to its record company EMI.

Durga McBroom-Hudson, one of the band’s touring singers, said the recordings on “The Endless River” began as a side project to 1994’s “The Division Bell,” the band’s last album of new music.

“It was originally to be a completely instrumental recording, but I came in last December and sang on a few tracks,” McBroom-Hudson wrote in a Facebook post.

The sessions were recorded after singer and songwriter Roger Waters left the band in the mid-1980s.

The album is being produced by Gilmour, who has led Pink Floyd since, with Phil Manzanera, Youth and recording engineer Andy Jackson. “Work is still in progress, but more details to come at the end of the Summer,” wrote Doug Wright, of the band’s U.K. public-relations company LD Communications, in the statement.

Waters, Mason, Richard Wright and Syd Barrett founded Pink Floyd in 1965. Waters, who led the band through the period that included “The Wall,” has more recently appeared onstage with Gilmour and Mason.

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