David Gilmour will release his new solo LP Rattle That Lock on September 18th, and today the Pink Floyd guitarist shared a making-of video for “Today,” the second single off his first solo album in nine years. In the video, Gilmour explains how the track was the result of a collaboration with Roxy Music guitarist Phil Manzanera and why he often relies on backup singers.
Rattle That Lock was co-produced by Gilmour and Manzanera, a longtime collaborator who also assisted Gilmour on his 2006 solo album On an Island as well as Pink Floyd’s 2014 swan song The Endless River. In the video, Gilmour gives Manzanera full credit for constructing “Today” out of pieces of music Gilmour initially discarded.
“‘Today’ was one of the ones that Phil put together of two or three pieces of music of mine that I had sort of ignored,” Gilmour said. “He’s very good at finding them and saying ‘That’s great, you should use it. How about using it with that piece and that piece?’ So he mocked that one up. It’s a gift.”
“Today,” like first single “Rattle That Lock,” finds Gilmour employing backup vocalists; on both tracks, singers Mica Paris and Louise Marshall join Gilmour. “Something I’ve always really liked, the idea of the backing singer,” Gimour said. “We have used, as Pink Floyd and myself, we have used backing singers going back to Dark Side of the Moon, where they were liberally plastered over a lot of it. And it’s something I’ve really enjoyed.”
Rattle That Lock, one of Rolling Stone‘s 30 Must-Hear Fall Albums, is available to pre-order now through Gilmour’s official site. The rocker will embark on a brief North American tour in support of his new album starting March 24th, 2016 at Los Angeles’ Hollywood Bowl. Gilmour also announced that he’ll set off on his first ever South American tour in December.