Less than a month before Roger Waters releases his first rock album in 25 years, the former Pink Floyd bassist unveiled one of his new songs, “Déjà Vu.” The new record, produced by Nigel Godrich, is called Is This the Life We Really Want? and arrives June 2nd.
“Déjà Vu” conjures familiar motifs from Pink Floyd’s past, from the subtle Dark Side of the Moon beat beneath the strings to the musique concrete war recordings. The song is also reminiscent of Waters’ understated late-era Floyd ballads like “The Final Cut” and “Fletcher Memorial Home.”
“If I was a drone/ Patrolling from the skies/ With my electric eyes for guidance/ And the element of surprise,” Waters sings on the ballad as the strings swell. “I wouldn’t be afraid to find someone home/ Maybe a woman at a stove, baking bread, making rice, but just boiling down some bones/ If I were a drone.”
“Déjà Vu” is the second new track Waters released following the similarly nostalgic “Smell the Roses.” On May 26th, just before the album’s official release, Waters will embark on his Us + Them North American Tour.