Pink Floyd Releases 1st New Music in Decades

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Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour and Nick Mason flanked by Guy Pratt and Nitin Sawhney

Pink Floyd has released their first new music in nearly three decades, in support of the people of Ukraine. A track entitled “Hey Hey Rise Up” features David Gilmour and Nick Mason joined by long time Floyd bass player Guy Pratt and Nitin Sawhney on keyboards and a vocal performance by Andriy Khlyvnyuk of Ukrainian band Boombox. All proceeds will go towards Ukrainian humanitarian relief. Watch the video below.

The song represents the first new original music that they have recorded and released as Pink Floyd since 1994’s The Division Bell.

[When Roger Waters departed the band, Gilmour, Mason and Richard Wright retained the rights to the group’s name. Wright has since passed.]

The track, recorded on March 30, uses Andriy’s vocals taken from his Instagram post of him singing in Kyiv’s Sofiyskaya Square. The song, “The Red Viburnum in the Meadow,” is described in the April 7 announcement, as “a rousing Ukrainian protest song written during the first world war which has been taken up across the world over the past month in protest of the invasion of Ukraine.” The title of the Pink Floyd track is taken from the last line of the song which translates as “Hey Hey Rise up and rejoice.”

Watch Andriy’s Instagram post below.

In the announcement, Gilmour, who has a Ukrainian daughter-in-law and grandchildren said, “We, like so many, have been feeling the fury and the frustration of this vile act of an independent, peaceful democratic country being invaded and having its people murdered by one of the world’s major powers.”

He explains how he came to know Andriy and his band Boombox. “In 2015, I played a show at Koko in London in support of the Belarus Free Theatre, whose members have been imprisoned. Pussy Riot and the Ukrainian band, Boombox, were also on the bill. They were supposed to do their own set, but their singer Andriy had visa problems, so the rest of the band backed me for my set – we played ‘Wish You Were Here’ for Andriy that night. Recently I read that Andriy had left his American tour with Boombox, had gone back to Ukraine, and joined up with the Territorial Defense. Then I saw this incredible video on Instagram, where he stands in a square in Kyiv with this beautiful gold-domed church and sings in the silence of a city with no traffic or background noise because of the war. It was a powerful moment that made me want to put it to music.”

While writing the music for the track, Gilmour was able to speak with Andriy from his hospital bed in Kyiv where he was recovering from a mortar shrapnel injury. “I played him a little bit of the song down the phone line and he gave me his blessing. We both hope to do something together in person in the future.”

The video for “Hey Hey Rise Up” was filmed by director Mat Whitecross and shot on the same day as the track was recorded. Gilmour notes, “We recorded the track and video in our barn where we did all our Von Trapped Family live streams during lockdown. It’s the same room that we did the ‘Barn Jams’ with Rick Wright back in 2007. Janina Pedan made the set in a day and we had Andriy singing on the screen while we played, so the four of us had a vocalist, albeit not one who was physically present with us.”

Watch the video for “Hey Hey Rise Up”

The artwork for the track features a painting of the national flower of Ukraine, the sunflower, by the Cuban artist, Yosan Leon. The cover of the single is a direct reference to the woman who was seen around the world giving sunflower seeds to Russian soldiers and telling them to carry them in their pockets so that when they die, sunflowers will grow.

Watch Andriy’s performance from his Feb. 27 Instagram post

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  1. Mark
    #1 Mark 8 April, 2022, 00:17

    You seem to be forgetting that the last new Pink Floyd song was “Louder Than Words” from the album The Endless River in 2014.

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  2. Da Mick
    #2 Da Mick 8 April, 2022, 01:18

    Wow! How is this even happening? That’s so powerful. Thank you, David. Stay strong, Andriy, and the people of Ukraine. This oppression shall not stand.

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  3. bickus
    #3 bickus 12 April, 2022, 14:39

    SO POWERFUL! So Pink Floyd. Awesome!

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