New Pink Floyd Album Will Be 'Mainly Ambient and Instrumental,' Phil Manzanera to Produce

Official announcement released, check out 10 facts you need to know about the new effort inside.

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Pink Floyd have officially confirmed the October release of their new studio album "The Endless River," marking the rock legends' first effort in 20 years.

"Pink Floyd can confirm that they are releasing a new album 'The Endless River' in October 2014," the release reads. "It is an album of mainly ambient and instrumental music based on the 1993/4 'Division Bell' sessions which feature David Gilmour, Nick Mason and Richard Wright.

"The album is produced by David Gilmour with Phil Manzanera, Youth and recording engineer Andy Jackson. Work is still in progress, but more details to come at the end of the summer."

Meanwhile, guys from Ultimate Classic Rock have summed up a neat list of 10 facts you need to know about the upcoming effort. Check them out below.

1. 'The Endless River' grew out of unreleased recordings from 20 years ago

Dubbed "The Big Spliff," these ambient, lyric-less recordings were originally constructed by the core group of Gilmour, Mason and Wright during the same period that Pink Floyd was at work on their last album, "The Division Bell," in 1993-94. They have remained unheard ever since, until Gilmour and Mason returned to them late last year.

2. The album will include some of Rick Wright's final recordings

The initial leak on this surprise project, courtesy of Gilmour's wife Polly Samson, framed "The Endless River" as Wright's "swansong" - putting into perspective, once more, what the keyboardist meant to Pink Floyd. His 2008 death led many to believe that 1994's "Division Bell" would be the group's final recording.

3. Secret sessions were, at first, mistaken for a Gilmour solo album

Durga McBroom-Hudson, a long-time backup singer with Pink Floyd, posted a photo to Instagram last year from sessions being led by Gilmour - and at the time, the assumption was that the guitarist was at work on a follow up to his 2006 solo album "On an Island." Instead, McBroom-Hudson has since confirmed that they were adding vocals to the original "Big Spliff" recordings.

4. This album's title harkens back to an earlier Pink Floyd moment

"The Endless River" echoes the penultimate lyric on "High Hopes," the last song on "The Division Bell." That song was written by Gilmour, with additional lyrical help by Samson - who is also collaborating on the new album.

5. Though instrumental in its infancy, the project will have vocals

McBroom-Hudson and Jackson separately confirm that sessions for "The Endless River" have continued for about a year - with Jackson now characterizing the finished project as "extrapolation of the 'Big Spliff.'" It has also grown past its initial all-instrumental focus. McBroom-Hudson says Gilmour has "done a lead [vocal] on at least one of them." Samson says she's also written lyrics.

6. Gilmour's 'Endless River' co-producers have deep Floyd connections

Manzanera co-wrote "One Slip" for Pink Floyd's "Momentary Lapse of Reason" album in 1987, co-produced Gilmour's "On an Island" project and has toured with the guitarist several times. Youth, meanwhile, is part of the Orb, an ambient-house band that Gilmour worked with on 2010's "Metallic Spheres." Jackson has been a recording engineer for Pink Floyd on every album since 1979's "The Wall."

7. It's unclear whether there will be a tour behind 'The Endless River'

McBoom-Hudson, who has toured with Gilmour and with Pink Floyd off and on since the 1980s, didn't rule out the idea of a dates in support of "The Endless River," telling fans simply to "stay tuned." Pink Floyd last hit the concert trail in 1994, when these previously unfinished recordings were still new.

8. Pink Floyd already previewed some of these ambient sounds

Back then, Pink Floyd presented a complex, 22-minute soundscape before each show, perhaps giving fans a preview of what's to come on "The Endless River." Attached below, it closely resembles the profile of recordings made during the "Big Spliff" sessions.

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9. 20 years is a long time between between albums, but not the longest

Pink Floyd's two decades between "The Division Bell" and "The Endless River," though certainly the lengthiest expanse in their history, has been dwarfed by other classic rockers. There were, for instance, 24 years between the Who's "It's Hard" and "Endless Wire." Then, there's the Eagles. They waited 28 between "The Long Run" and "Long Road Out of Eden."

10. Roger Waters is not returning to Pink Floyd

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    I really don't see Gilmour & Mason touring as "Pink Floyd" to support this album. Without Waters - ok, I'm fine with it, but without Rick Wright either - no, it can't happen.
    Pink Floyd will never tour again. I bet David Gilmour will do some shows after his new solo album is released.
    They are all great musicians, and proof for that is DSOTM, their most collaborative album. That album is full of genius ideas from all members. Though Barret was great musician, Pink Floyd shaped their signature sound with Waters, Gilmour, Wright and Mason. Without any of them, it is not the same.
    There better be vocal on more than one track..
    Agreed, lyrics in the tone of the Division Bell wouldn't go amiss, though hopefully there'll be something to add rather than just being a Division Bell B-sides..
    I'd love to see this guys touring the album!! People saying is not the same without Waters, is no the same without Rich... Well TDB is not the same without Waters and I really like it... same story without Rich, he just wrote one of the songs in that album... Of course it will be awesome to see all of the guys together but is not an option... So just deal with it and if you don't like the idea don't buy ticket... sure I will buy them!
    A band is bigger than its members. But hell, I'm feeling pretty good so I'll play along. Nick, Richard, & Dave? Dude! It's Pink ****ing Floyd!!
    Not very exciting...just some Division Bell tracks not deemed good enough the 1st time around to develop into songs. I'd be excited if it was new material including Roger in the writing process.
    These tracks are from The Big Spliff sessions, not TDB. They considered releasing it back then, so it's not like it wasn't good enough back then... it just didn't happen.
    From the bootleg tracks available recorded during the original sessions Soundscape is not indicative and was produced purely to set the scene before the Division Bell shows Don't confuse ambient with ambience...
    Interested for sure. Could be great, could be Meh, but it's something to look forward to at least.
    No Waters - No Pink Floyd.
    No Barret - No Pink Floyd.