10 things you need to know about Pink Floyd’s “The Endless River”
The Endless River is finally out and so many have already let themselves get carried away by the hypnotizing synths and the intricate flow of the guitar to a temporary but beautiful oblivion. But as good as it is there is more to this Pink Floyd release than the music itself. Here is what you need to know to understand the significance of this release by one of the most revered bands in the history of music.
1. The album is based on material recorded 20 years ago
The bulk of the album comes from around 20 hours of previously unreleased instrumental and ambient parts recorded during “The Division Bell” sessions back in 1993-94.
2. The album is a swan song to Richard Wright
Wright, one of the founding members of the band died of an undisclosed form of cancer in 2008. As a keyboardist he was a big part of how the band sounded while also participating in the songwriting occasionally and even lending backing vocals to more than one song. The album is a fitting homage to this great musician.
3. Wright is posthumously credited on 11 out of the 18 tracks.
4. The title “The Endless River” comes from the lyrics of the last song “High Hopes” off the previous record “The Division Bell”
“The water flowing… The endless river… Forever and ever.”
5. The title of one of the songs Allons-y might be a reference to Dr. Who
Meaning ‘let’s go’, the phrase was popularized as a regular catchphrase used by the tenth doctor David Tenant.
6. The beautiful and surrealistic album cover is the creation of 19 year old Egyptian artist Ahmed Emad Eldin, who was discovered by Aubrey Powell, co-founder of Hipgnosis which is the creator of many of the earlier Pink Floyd covers.
7. Stephen Hawking lends his voice to the song Talkin’ Hawkin’
It is the second time he has featured on a Pink Floyd song, earlier appearing on 1994’s Keep Talking.
8. There shall be no tour
For those optimistic fans hoping for a tour to materialize out of this, it is probably not going to happen as Gilmour has mentioned that doing so would be “kind of impossible” without Richard Wright.
9. It is the legendary band’s last album
There is no challenging the place Pink Floyd has held in the annals of music. This album is the most probably the final stop in a journey that began in the mid sixties and has spawned fifteen records and innumerable unbelievable live shows.
10. Closing track “Louder Than Words” is the only one to feature a lead vocal track
Both Gilmour’s instantly recognizable voice and the brilliant lyrics make it one of the strongest final statements ever made by a band.
It’s louder than words… This thing that we do
Louder than words… The way it unfurls
It’s louder than words… The sum of our parts… The beat of our hearts
Is louder than words… Louder than words