[ Sony Music / 7in ]
Release Date: Friday 11 November 2022
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The first new original music that Pink Floyd has recorded together as a band since 1994's The Division Bell and the first new release since the final Pink Floyd album, The Endless River in 2014.
The track sees David Gilmour and Nick Mason joined by long time Pink Floyd bass player Guy Pratt and Nitin Sawhney on keyboards, featuring an extraordinary vocal performance by Andriy Khlyvnyuk of Ukrainian band Boombox. The track uses Andriy's vocals taken from him singing in Kyiv's Sofiyskaya Square. The song itself 'Oh, The Red Viburnum In The Meadow' is a rousing Ukrainian folk protest song written during the first world war which has been taken up across the world over the past month in protest of the invasion of Ukraine. 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 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.
1. Hey Hey Rise Up