David Gilmour Luck and Strange : New Album Announcement

David Gilmour today announced his new album Luck and Strange, to be released on 6th September on Sony Music. The first track from the album, ‘The Piper’s Call’, will be released this Thursday, 25th April, following a world exclusive first play on the BBC Radio 2 Breakfast Show.

It is his 5th solo studio album and many fans around the world are very excited about its releases, having been teased about it for the past couple of years. Full information is below.

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David Gilmour The Piper’s Call Official Music Video

The music video of the first single The Piper’s Call will premier on 26th APril at 5:15pm GMT. Here is the link to watch. In the meantime you can listen to a little album teaser.

David Gilmour Luck and Strange single The Pipers Call
David Gilmour Luck and Strange single The Pipers Call

Press Release and Full Info on David Gilmour’s New Album

It will be released on Digital, CD, Vinyl and Bluray.

‘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 beautiful reworking of The Montgolfier Brothers’ ‘Between Two Points’ and has artwork and photography by the renowned artist Anton Corbijn.

David Gilmour Luck and Strange Portrait 2 Anton Corbijn
David Gilmour Luck and Strange Portrait 2 Anton Corbijn

Musicians contributing to the record include Guy Pratt & Tom Herbert on bass, Adam Betts, Steve Gadd and Steve DiStanislao on drums, Rob Gentry & 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.”

David Gilmour New Album Track Listing

David Gilmour Luck and Strange Portrait Anton Corbijn
David Gilmour Luck and Strange Portrait Anton Corbijn

VINYL

Gatefold sleeve and booklet with photography and design by Anton Corbijn

LP - Luck and Strange - Standard Black
LP – Luck and Strange – Standard Black

SIDE ONE

  • Black Cat*
  • Luck and Strange
  • The Piper’s Call
  • A Single Spark
  • Vita Brevis*
  • Between Two Points** – with Romany Gilmour

SIDE TWO

CD

CD - Luck and Strange - Pack
CD – Luck and Strange – Pack

Album plus two bonus tracks.

Digipak and booklet with photography and design by Anton Corbijn

  1. Black Cat
  2. Luck and Strange
  3. The Piper’s Call
  4. A Single Spark
  5. Vita Brevis
  6. Between Two Points – with Romany Gilmour
  7. Dark and Velvet Nights
  8. Sings
  9. Scattered

BONUS TRACKS

  • Yes, I Have Ghosts
  • Luck and Strange (original Barn Jam)*

BLU-RAY – AUDIO ONLY

Bluray - David Gilmour - Luck and Strange by David Gilmour
Bluray – David Gilmour – Luck and Strange by David Gilmour

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)*
  • Deluxe LP & CD boxsets will be announced in the coming weeks. 

DAVID GILMOUR

‘LUCK AND STRANGE’

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. Produced by David Gilmour and Charlie Andrew. Engineered by Matt Glasbey, Charlie Andrew, David Gilmour and Damon Iddins. Mixed by David Gilmour, Charlie Andrew and Matt Glasbey. Additional engineering by Andy Jackson and Luie Stylianou.

Special Collectors Editions

In addition to the standard black vinyl and CD, there are alternative covers for the CD and several collectors coloured vinyl ones too.

Who is playing on David Gilmour’s New Album?

We have seen many photos posted by lyricist Polly Samson over the past year or two of her husband, David, working in the studio. I have spotted lots of familiar faces and some new ones too.

  • David Gilmour – Guitar, Vocals
  • Polly Samson – Lyrics
  • Romany Gilmour – Vocals, possibly Double Bass
  • Matt Gilmour – Guitars
  • Phil Manzanera – Guitars
  • Guy Pratt – Bass
  • Tom Herbert – Bass
  • Adam Betts – Drums
  • Steve Gadd – Drums
  • Steve DiStanislao lookalike but younger fella – Drums
  • Roger Eno – Keyboards
  • Rob Gentry – Synth, Keyboards
  • Charlie Andrew – Producer
  • Phil Taylor – Guitar Tech
David Gilmour group photo in the studio December 2023
David Gilmour group photo in the studio December 2023 – closing out the year

When is David Gilmour’s New Album Released?

David Gilmour’s fifth studio album will be released 6th September. His first solo album was the self-titled David Gilmour back in 1978. This was followed by About Face in 1984. We were then treated to On An Island in 2006 after a long break. It was toured extensively in some amazing venues around the world. We then saw Rattle That Lock in 2015.

The first two solo albums were quite dated and have a lot of 1980s over production on them in terms of too much reverb/echo. However, there are some rather excellent songs in there. The second two solo albums were much more bluesy and atmospheric. They were very well received indeed.

It will be rather exciting I think to listen to the new David Gilmour studio album and I am really looking forward to hearing the first single.

Will there be a David Gilmour Tour 2024/2025?

David Gilmour at Royal Albert Hall in 2016
David Gilmour at Royal Albert Hall in 2016

The album tour has not yet been announced but it certainly expected. If Guy Pratt will join David then he is on tour with Nick Mason’s Saucerful of Secrets until the end of August 2024.

David has previously toured the About Face album in 1984, On An Island from 2006 and Rattle That Lock tour from 2015/16. His first solo album the self titled David Gilmour was not toured.

Here are some facts and trivia about his solo tours

  • Debut Solo Album: Gilmour released his self-titled debut solo album in 1978, but it wasn’t until the mid-1980s that he embarked on his first solo tour to support his second album, “About Face.”
  • 1984 “About Face” Tour: Gilmour’s first solo tour in 1984 to promote “About Face” took him across Europe and North America. The setlist included songs from his solo albums as well as a selection of Pink Floyd classics.
  • 2006 “On an Island” Tour: One of his most notable solo tours was in 2006 to support his album “On an Island.” This tour was particularly significant as it marked his return to touring after more than 20 years.
  • Special Guests: Throughout his solo tours, Gilmour often invited special guests to perform with him. These guests have included fellow Pink Floyd bandmates such as Richard Wright and Nick Mason, as well as other notable musicians like David Bowie, Robert Wyatt, and David Crosby.
  • Venues: Gilmour’s solo tours have taken him to a variety of venues, ranging from intimate theatres to large arenas and outdoor stadiums. He has performed in iconic venues such as the Royal Albert Hall in London and the Gdansk Shipyard in Poland.
  • Live Performances: Fans of Gilmour’s solo work appreciate his live performances for their musicality and emotional depth. His guitar solos, in particular, are often highlights of his concerts, showcasing his mastery of the instrument.
  • Setlists: Gilmour’s solo tours typically feature a mix of his solo material, Pink Floyd classics, and occasionally cover songs. The setlists often vary from show to show, keeping each concert experience unique for fans.
  • Visuals: Like Pink Floyd’s concerts, Gilmour’s solo tours are known for their impressive visual elements, including elaborate stage designs, lighting effects, and projections. These visuals complement the music and create an immersive experience for concertgoers.
  • Charitable Causes: Gilmour has used his solo tours as opportunities to support charitable causes. For example, proceeds from certain concerts have been donated to organizations dedicated to environmental conservation and humanitarian efforts.
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