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David Gilmour Shines in Pink Floyd’s New ‘Endless River’ Preview

New album snippet puts the guitarist’s unmistakable soloing in the spotlight

The two-decade wait for a new Pink Floyd album ends November 10th with The Endless River, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band has unveiled another 30-second preview of what fans can expect from their first LP in 20 years. While the first Endless River tease leaned toward the more ambient, “Marooned” sound of 1994 Floyd and the second focused on late keyboardist Rick Wright’s contributions, this third audio clip puts David Gilmour into the spotlight.

That guitar sound is unmistakably Gilmour’s, and it still radiates as brightly as it did on “Shine On You Crazy Diamond,” even though this brief snippet, despite its “Run Like Hell” undercurrent, is more reminiscent of Gilmour’s late-Seventies solo tracks like “Raise My Rent” and “Short and Sweet” than his Floyd output. The bass is also nearly invisible in the mix, a reminder that Roger Waters is in no way involved with The Endless River.

As Rolling Stone previously reported, The Endless River is “a four-sided instrumental album,” although one track, “Louder Than Words,” features lyrics by Gilmour’s wife Polly Samson. Much of The Endless River was culled from the same 1994 studio sessions that resulted in The Division Bell. Following the death of Wright in 2008, Gilmour decided to revisit what he, Wright and drummer Nick Mason had recorded together.

“We listened to over 20 hours of the three of us playing together and selected the music we wanted to work on for the new album,” Gilmour said in a statement. “Over the last year we’ve added new parts, re-recorded others and generally harnessed studio technology to make a 21st century Pink Floyd album. With Rick gone, and with him the chance of ever doing it again, it feels right that these revisited and reworked tracks should be made available as part of our repertoire.”

In fact, one track called “Autumn ’68” is a direct reference to – and potentially a sequel to – the band’s 1970 Atom Heart Mother cut “Summer ’68,” which was written and sung by Wright. The Endless River also continues The Division Bell‘s theme of communication breakdowns with track titles like “Things Left Unsaid,” “The Lost Art of Conversation” and “Louder Than Words.”

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