David Gilmour has released another video from his new album, Rattle That Lock, a harrowing black and white clip for “Faces of Stone” that mixes old film footage and shots of the guitarist performing the song in the studio.
The footage used follows a woman as she scavenges for stones on a beach and eventually walks into a nearby town. She finds her way to a dinner party, and though her presence is ostensibly obtrusive — at one point she drags herself across a table — she goes completely unnoticed. As another quintessentially heroic Gilmour guitar solo brings the song to its end, the woman tumbles back towards the beach as if all life beyond it is no longer accessible to her.
In a post on Facebook, Gilmour said “Faces of Stone” was written about a peculiar time in his life when he was surrounded by birth and death. “Towards the end of my mother’s life, when she was suffering from dementia, there was a brief crossover period of about nine months, when she was alive and my daughter was newly born,” Gilmour wrote. “This song is a musing on that time. Specifically it refers to a walk in the park where my mother was ‘seeing’ pictures, or ‘faces of stone,’ hanging in the trees.”
“Faces of Stone” arrives in the wake of two other Rattle That Lock clips: The relatively straightforward “Today,” in which the guitarist and his band prep for their upcoming tour, and the beautifully animated “The Girl In The Yellow Dress.”
Rattle That Lock, released in September, marked Gilmour’s first solo album since 2006’s On an Island. It also arrived in the wake of Pink Floyd’s final studio LP, 2014’s The Endless River. Gilmour will begin his tour in South America this December; a North American leg will kick off March 24th, 2016 at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles.