Rock icons Pink Floyd have dropped a huge surprise, confirming release plans for their first studio album in 20 years.
Titled "The Endless River," the record is due out this October, featuring unreleased music from 1994 sessions, some of which are late Richard Wright's posthumous efforts.
According to the Sun, Roger Waters will definitely not be included in the process and there are no plans for a supporting tour.
The info was originally unveiled on Twitter by David Gilmour's wife Polly Samson, who described the album as "Rick Wright's swansong and very beautiful."
Btw Pink Floyd album out in October is called "The Endless River". Based on 1994 sessions is Rick Wright's swansong and very beautiful.
— Polly Samson (@PollySamson) July 5, 2014
Singer Durga McBroom-Hudson also confirmed the rumor, saying that the studio photo shared back in May wasn't related to Gilmour's new solo effort, but the new Pink Floyd album. "Remember this photo? It wasn't what you thought it was," she said via Facebook.
McBroom-Hudson has further unveiled that the music is ambient in nature and was originally intended for a scrapped album called "The Big Spliff." "But David and Nick [Mason] have gone in and done a lot more since then," she noted. "It was originally to be a completely instrumental recording, but I came in last December and sang on a few tracks. David then expanded on my backing vocals and has done a lead on at least one of them."
You can check out a music soundscape intended for "The Big Spliff" below. A formal announcement is expected to drop sometime today, stay tuned for more info.
Meanwhile, former Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy stirred up quite a discussion on Facebook, saying that a new album is disrespectful to Roger Waters, adding, "Just do a solo album Dave."
"What's this about a new Pink Floyd album?" he asked. "Last I checked, Waters is no longer in the band and Wright and Barrett are dead ... If these are leftovers from 'The Division Bell' sessions, then just put em on a TDB Special Edition release! It's disrespectful to Roger and everything he built for all those years! Just do a solo album Dave..."
Further elaborating his stance, Mike noted, "Sorry ... I'm in the Waters camp ... IMO, the Pink Floyd heyday was 'Atom Heart Mother' thru 'The Wall' ... And those were mainly driven by Roger (conceptually, musically, everything) ... AMLOR & TDB are essentially David Gilmour solo albums 'as' Pink Floyd (granted, just as TFC was a Roger Waters solo album 'as' Pink Floyd) If you really want, I'll meet you Gilmour fans halfway and at least concede with saying OK, 'real' Pink Floyd is really only when Waters/Gilmour work together."