Monday, October 13, 2014

Pink Floyd Release New Track "Louder Than Words"

Lately Pink Floyd has been teasing its fans with 30 second snippets of songs from their upcoming album The Endless River. However, last week they finally released a full track: Louder Than Words. The song will be the only track on the album that will have a full vocal track on it. Everything else will be primarily instrumental.

I have to say, Louder Than Words is VERY trademark Pink Floyd in terms of sound. Most of their familiar elements and nuances are in there, but in a very 21st century way. David Gilmour's guitar work is absolutely fantastic. He is clearly on top of his game. What really gets me though is that the song sounds big without being loud. Much of what makes Louder Than Words along with much of the band's past work so good is that they build up layer upon layer musically to create an atmosphere that just surrounds the listener and makes them feel as though they live in the cosmic realm created by sound.

What really astounds me besides the celestial atmosphere of the music itself is the vocals from Gilmour. His voice sounds almost EXACTLY like it did 30 years ago when the band made their famed The Wall album. This of course could be studio magic, but I know a year or two ago he made a live appearance with former band mate Roger Waters and performed his vocal parts to Comfortably Numb and he sounded exactly the same there too. It's a bit uncanny and almost suspicious. However, I'm willing to overlook that seeing as the song is good enough.

The lyrics to Louder Than Words were written by Gilmour's wife Polly Samson. This is not the first time she has made such contributions to a Pink Floyd album, as she played the same role for their previous album The Division Bell back in 1993.

According to an interview with BBC Radio 6 Gilmour says this will be Pink Floyd's final album. Gilmour said, “This is the last thing that’ll be out from us. I’m pretty certain that there will not be a follow-up to this.” The Endless River will be arriving on November 10th.

Below is a link to listen to the new Pink Floyd track Louder Than Words:

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