I Pink Floyd pubblicheranno a mezzanotte dell’8 aprile un nuovo brano dal titolo ‘Hey Hey Rise Up‘. La canzone sarà in supporto al popolo ucraino e vedrà la presenza del bassista storico Guy Pratt e del vocalist Andriy Khlyvnyuk, della band ucraina Boombox, oltre a David Gilmour e Nick Mason.

La traccia è stata registrata mercoledì 30 marzo ed utilizza la voce di Andriy estrapolata da un suo post Instagram che lo immortala mentre canta in Sofiyskaya Square a Kiev.

Si tratta della prima nuova musica originale registrata dalla band riunita, ovviamente senza Roger Waters, dai tempi di The Division Bell del 1994, anche se avevano pubblicato nel 2014 The Endless River, contenente rielaborazioni delle registrazioni e outtakes dell’ultimo disco.

Il brano ‘Oh, The Red Viburnum In The Meadow‘ è un brano ucraino folk di protesta scritto durante la prima guerra mondiale e che è diventato virale durante lo scorso mese in protesa all’invasione dell’Ucraina. Il titolo del brano dei Pink Floyd è preso dall’ultima frase del brano che si traduce con ‘Hey, Hey, Rise up and rejoice’.

Il messaggio della band:

Tonight at midnight, Pink Floyd will release ‘Hey Hey Rise Up’, in support of the people of Ukraine. It sees David Gilmour and Nick Mason joined by long time Pink Floyd bass player Guy Pratt and Nitin Sawhney on keyboards, all accompanying an extraordinary vocal by Andriy Khlyvnyuk of Ukrainian band Boombox. All proceeds go to Ukrainian Humanitarian Relief. Listen/download at link in bio.

The track uses Andriy’s vocals taken from his Instagram post of him in Kyiv’s Sofiyskaya Square singing ‘Oh, The Red Viburnum In The Meadow’, a rousing Ukrainian folk protest song written during the first world war. 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’.

The video for ‘Hey Hey Rise Up’ was filmed by acclaimed director Mat Whitecross and shot on the same day as the track was recorded, with Andriy singing on the screen while the band played.

Gilmour, who has a Ukrainian daughter-in-law and grandchildren says: “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”.

Speaking about his hopes for the track Gilmour says, “I hope it will receive wide support and publicity. We want to raise funds and morale. We want to show our support for Ukraine and in that way, show that most of the world thinks that it is totally wrong for a superpower to invade the independent democratic country that Ukraine has become.

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.


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