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Pink Floyd to release 'The Endless River,' first new album in 20 years

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Those "moments that make up a dull day" might keep ticking away, but the legendary progressive rock band Pink Floyd will finally release a studio album of new material this Fall. Called "The Endless River," it is the band's first new music in two decades.

Huffington Post reported July 6 that Pink Floyd is set to drop it's first studio album in 20 years in October, the last being "The Division Bell" back in March and April 1994 (UK and USA release dates, respectively). Polly Samson, lead guitarist and vocalist David Gilmour's wife, took to Twitter to announce the news.

Samson wrote: "Btw Pink Floyd album out in October is called "The Endless River". Based on 1994 sessions is Rick Wright's swansong and very beautiful."

Richard Wright was Pink Floyd's keyboardist and a founding member of the band in 1965. He was not as prolific a writer, nor did he take on lead vocals, as fellow members Syd Barrett, Roger Waters, and David Gilmour. Still, Wright lent his smooth tones to such Pink Floyd classics as "Time" (a line of lyric from which is found in the first line of this article) and "Us and Them" from the incomparable The Dark Side Of The Moon album.

Wright co-wrote two instrumentals with Gilmour on those 1994 sessions Samson wrote about. He also lent his vocals to the track "Keep Talking," which he co-wrote as well. The lyrics were co-written by Gilmour and Samson. It was the first track Wright had sung on since The Dark Side Of The Moon, which was released in 1973.

Touring vocalist for the band Durga McBroom-Hudson corroborated Samson's news, posting a photo of herself, David Gilmour, and others in a recording session to her Facebook account. She wrote that the music was "all unreleased songs," and that it was part of a project called "The Big Spliff."

"... David and Nick [Mason, Pink Floyd drummer] have gone in and done a lot more since then," McBroom-Hudson wrote on Facebook. "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."

There is as yet no indication that longtime Roger Waters, vocalist and co-founder who split with the band in 1985, will appear on the album.

Pink Floyd is one of the world's bestselling artists, having sold 250 million albums worldwide and 74.5 million certified units (per the Recording Industry Association of America) in the United States. The band's album The Dark Side Of The Moon currently rests within the Billboard 200, where it holds the record of having amassed the most time within said album chart -- 867 weeks to date.

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