Friday Release for # 137
A new song was released under the "Pink Floyd" brand, featuring a collaboration between David Gilmour, Nick Mason, and Ukrainian musician Andriy Khlyvnyuk from the band "Boombox". The two former "Pink Floyd" members were joined by bassist Guy Pratt, married to the daughter of keyboardist Rick Wright, who died in 2008, and British keyboardist and producer Nitin Sawhney.
This is the band's first material in 8 years, since the release of "The Endless River", an album that mostly included tracks recorded in 1994 during the sessions for the album "The Division Bell", but also new recordings from 2013-2014.
The track is based on a Ukrainian folk song, sung by Ukrainian musician Andriy Khlyvnyuk, after leaving his tour of the United States to return home and fight for Ukraine. He recorded a video in which he sang the Ukrainian song and thus inspired the members of "Pink Floyd".
The track was recorded last Wednesday (March 30), and uses the singing of Andriy Khlyvnyuk taken from his Instagram post, singing in Sofiskaya Square in Kyiv. The song itself, titled "The Red Viburnum In The Meadow" (translated English), is a Ukrainian protest song written during World War I, which recently became popular again following protests against the Russian invasion of Ukraine. The title of the track is taken from the last line of the song which is translated as "Hey Hey Rise up and rejoice".
It is interesting to note, that Gilmour has a Ukrainian daughter-in-law and grandchildren and he noted that the new song was written in support of the Ukrainian people, following the outrage and frustration of the vile act in which an independent and peaceful democratic state fell victim to one of the world’s major powers.
F: o know Andriy Khlyvnyuk and his band "Boombox" in 2015, during a performance in London, which featured members of "Boombox". He noted that he saw Andriy's video on Instagram, in which he stands in Kyiv Square with the beautiful church and golden dome and sings the song. He said it was a powerful moment inspiring the song being written.
For Listening: Spotify