David Gilmour has premiered his new single “Rattle That Lock,” the title track off the Pink Floyd guitarist’s upcoming solo LP boasting an uptempo bass groove, rousing choir and lyrics drawn from John Milton’s Paradise Lost. As Gilmour previously revealed, the melody was inspired by “four notes, created by [sound designer] Michaël Boumendil, which precede announcements at French SNCF railway stations which David recorded on his phone at Aix-en-Provence station.”
“It’s a jingle, a four-note jingle, and every time I heard it, it would make me want to start dancing,” Gilmour says in a making-of video for the single. Gilmour’s wife and novelist Polly Samson contributed the track’s lyrics. “It’s about a journey, but it’s also about that journey of not accepting the status quo,” Samson said. “It’s based on two journeys, both inspired by Paradise Lost.”
“Rattle that lock and lose those chains,” Gilmour sings on the single, which features surprising dub elements midway through the song. The track is punctuated by a pair of Gilmour’s trademark, unmistakable guitar solos, the first arriving around the 90-second mark, while the second soars on the track’s closing minute. A formal “Rattle That Lock” music video will premiere in August.
In addition to “Rattle That Lock,” Gilmour also revealed the contents of the album’s deluxe edition as the pre-orders went live, and the set features a treat for Pink Floyd fans: a four-part Barn Jam video, featuring Gilmour jamming with Pink Floyd keyboardist Richard Wright, bassist Guy Pratt and drummer Steve DiStanislao in January 2007; Wright would pass away the following year. (Gilmour also released segments from the Barn Jam as part of the deluxe edition of his 2008 live LP Live in Gdańsk.)
The deluxe edition also boasts four exclusive audio tracks, including three versions of “Rattle That Lock” – an extended take, the radio edit and a “Youth Mix – 12″ Extended Radio Dub” – plus an orchestral rendition of the Rattle That Lock track “The Girl in the Yellow Dress.” The DVD/Blu-ray portion of the deluxe edition also houses four documentaries, two music videos and the album itself in 5.1 surround sound.