Friday, April 26, 2024

David Gilmour streams The Piper's Call from new album Luck And Strange

David Gilmour is streaming a video for “The Piper’s Call”, the first track issued from his newly-announced album, “Luck And Strange.”

Directed by filmmaker Gavin Elder, the clip was shot during the making of the project. Filmed at Ely Cathedral, Astoria and in Brighton, the video features David along with co-producer Charlie Andrew, Polly Samson, Romany & Gabriel Gilmour, world-renowned drummer Steve Gadd, bassist Guy Pratt, engineer Matt Glasbey, keyboard player Rob Gentry, assistant engineer Luie Stylianou and Wesley the dog.

Due September 6, the iconic guitarist’s first album of new material in nine years was recorded over five months in Brighton and London.

“We invited Charlie to the house,” explains Gilmour, “so he came and listened to some demos, and said things like, ‘Well, why does there have to be a guitar solo there?’ and ‘Do they all fade out? Can’t some of them just end?’ He has a wonderful lack of knowledge or respect for this past of mine. He’s very direct and not in any way overawed, and I love that. That is just so good for me because the last thing you want is people just deferring to you.”

The majority of the album’s lyrics have been composed by Polly Samson, Gilmour’s co-writer and collaborator for the past thirty years.

“It’s written from the point of view of being older,” says Samson, “mortality is the constant.”

“We spent a load of time during and after lockdown talking about and thinking about those kind of things,"
adds Gilmour.

Musicians contributing to the record include Guy Pratt and Tom Herbert on bass, Adam Betts, Steve Gadd and Steve DiStanislao on drums, Rob Gentry and Roger Eno on keyboards with string and choral arrangements by Will Gardner. The title track also features the late Pink Floyd keyboard player Richard Wright, recorded in 2007 at a jam in a barn at David’s house.

Some contributions emerged from the live streams that Gilmour and family performed to a global audience during the lockdowns of 2020 and 2021; Romany Gilmour sings, plays the harp and appears on lead vocals on "Between Two Points". Gabriel Gilmour also sings backing vocals.

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