The first officially released track from Pink Floyd‘s first studio album in two decades, ‘The Endless River,’ as well as the only song on the effort to feature a vocal track, “Louder Than Words” is now accompanied by an attention capturing music video. The song itself embodies a distinctive ambiance fueled by atmospheric musical arrangements and group harmonies, all of which are further enhanced through a compilation of studio animation and archival studio footage.
The video begins as the album artwork for ‘The Endless River’ comes to life before our eyes, as we’re occasionally redirected towards scenes from David Gilmour‘s vocal sessions for the album, in addition to previously unreleased archival footage of the members of Pink Floyd performing around the making of 1994’s ‘The Division Bell,’ the sessions for which served as an inspiration behind the majority of the band’s new effort.
“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,” Gilmour previously told BBC 6 Music. On the topic of “Louder Than Words,” the guitarist offered, “Polly, my wife, thought that would be a very good lyrical idea to go out on. A way of describing the symbiosis that we have. Or had.” The song also offers subtle nods to songs from ‘The Division Bell,’ particularly the album’s closing number “High Hopes.”
One particularly touching moment during Pink Floyd’s new music video is a shot of late keyboardist Richard Wright waving. As we previously noted, the majority of ‘The Endless River’ is based upon the band’s previous recording sessions, which were intentionally revisited to pay homage to Wright, who died following a lengthy battle with cancer in 2008.
“I didn’t necessarily always give him his proper due,” Gilmour said. “People have very different attitudes to the way they work and we can become very judgmental and think someone is not quite pulling his weight enough, without realizing that theirs is a different weight to pull.” Pink Floyd’s ‘The Endless River’ hits shelves today.
Listen to Pink Floyd, “Louder Than Words”