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Music News: Ambient Floyd, Flaming "Pepper"

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This fall promises to be a very exciting one in terms of new music releases. FM radio gods Pink Floyd announced that they will definitely release a new album, and Wayne Coyne confirmed a new Flaming Lips disc as well.

Tentatively titled The Endless River, the album is purported to be the band's first exercise in ambient territory. It will include tracks recorded during the sessions of Pink Floyd's The Division Bell (released two decades ago), as well as pieces written by and/or featuring band member Richard Wright prior to his death in 2008. This year also saw the release of an expanded box-set of The Division Bell to coincide with the anniversary of that recording. David Gilmour has tapped musician/former Roxy Music guitarist Phil Manzanera to produce, with guest turns by Youth (Kate Bush, Killing Joke, Paul McCartney) and engineer Andy Jackson.

For fans of Pink Floyd, this should come as neither a stretch or surprise: ambient textures have graced the grooves of their most popular works, from Meddle to Dark Side Of The Moon to Animals. What remains to be seen (or rather, heard) is whether this will be a bona fide album, or an assemblage of "filler" that didn't (or wouldn't) find it's way on any album proper. Still, it will be (new) music to our ears.

Meanwhile, alt-rockers The Flaming Lips have been teasing us with the possibility of a Sgt. Pepper tribute album, ever since the group collaborated with Sean Lennon and the irascible Miley Cyrus for a psychedelic freak-out of a cover of "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds" on Late Night With David Letterman back in February. Last week, frontman Wayne Coyne took to his Instagram account to post an image of the track listing (see link). In addition to Cyrus, the album will feature turns by Moby, My Morning Jacket, Tegan and Sara, Grace Potter and Tool/A Perfect Circle singer James Maynard Keenan. How long before Cyrus asks Coyne to write her a new tune? Inquiring minds want to know.

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