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David Gilmour: Luck and Strange - new album announced! Print E-mail
Written by Matt   
Wednesday, 24 April 2024

David Gilmour: Luck and Strange - new albumThis afternoon, the months of speculation and rumour come to a close, with the announcement of David Gilmour's new album, Luck and Strange. It is his first new album in nine years, and those who have been on social media over the last couple of days will have seen movement on his official channels, changing the profile pictures and headers to subtle, rather mysterious images of a figure with their arms out, and rushing water. His official website, too, had undergone a similar change with the same imagery and a sign-up button.

The album will be released on September 6th, on Sony Music, on LP, CD, Blu-ray and digital. Deluxe LP and CD boxsets will be announced in the coming weeks. The first track from the album - The Piper's Call - will be released tomorrow (Thursday, April 25th), following a world exclusive first play on the BBC Radio 2 Breakfast Show. A video for the song will be available to watch from Friday. Full track listings are shown below.

Luck and Strange was recorded over five months in Brighton and London and is Gilmour's first album of new material in nine years. The record was produced by David and Charlie Andrew, best known for his work with ALT-J and Marika Hackman. Of this new working relationship, David says, "We invited Charlie to the house, 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. Samson says of the lyrical themes covered on Luck and Strange, "It's written from the point of view of being older; mortality is the constant." Gilmour elaborates, "We spent a load of time during and after lockdown talking about and thinking about those kind of things." Polly has also found the experience of working with Charlie Andrew liberating. "He wants to know what the songs are about, he wants everyone who's playing on them to have the ideas that are in the lyric informing their playing. I have particularly loved it for that reason."

The album features eight new tracks along with a reworking of The Montgolfier Brothers' Between Two Points and has artwork and photography by the renowned artist Anton Corbijn. 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.

The album's cover image, photographed and designed by Anton Corbijn, is inspired by a lyric written by Charlie Gilmour for the album's final song Scattered. Of working with his family on Luck and Strange, David says, "Polly and I have been writing together for over thirty years and the Von Trapped live streams showed the great blend of Romany's voice and harp-playing and that led us into a feeling of discarding some of the past that I'd felt bound to and that I could throw those rules out and do whatever I felt like doing, and that has been such a joy."

TRACK LISTINGS FOR DAVID GILMOUR: LUCK AND STRANGE

VINYL - gatefold sleeve and booklet with photography and design by Anton Corbijn
SIDE ONE:
Black Cat*
Luck and Strange
The Piper's Call
A Single Spark
Vita Brevis*
Between Two Points** - with Romany Gilmour
SIDE TWO:
Dark and Velvet Nights
Sings
Scattered***

CD - album plus two bonus tracks; digipak and booklet with photography and design by Anton Corbijn
Black Cat*
Luck and Strange
The Piper's Call
A Single Spark
Vita Brevis*
Between Two Points** - with Romany Gilmour
Dark and Velvet Nights
Sings
Scattered***
BONUS TRACKS:
Yes, I Have Ghosts
Luck and Strange (original Barn Jam)*

Blu-ray – AUDIO ONLY - album in Dolby Atmos and high-resolution stereo mixes plus four bonus tracks; digipak and booklet with photography and design by Anton Corbijn
Black Cat*
Luck and Strange
The Piper's Call
A Single Spark
Vita Brevis*
Between Two Points** - with Romany Gilmour
Dark and Velvet Nights
Sings
Scattered***
BONUS TRACKS in Dolby Atmos and Hi-Res stereo:
Yes, I Have Ghosts
Luck and Strange (original Barn Jam)*
A Single Spark (Orchestral)*
Scattered (Orchestral)*

All songs Music: David Gilmour. Lyrics: Polly Samson.
Except:
*Music: David Gilmour.
**Music: Mark Tranmer. Lyrics by Roger Quigley.
***Music: David Gilmour. Lyrics: David Gilmour, Charlie Gilmour and Polly Samson.

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