David Gilmour has just released his first single as a solo artist since 2006. Check out the YouTube audio stream and lyrics above.
The song features two nice guitar solos from the man who had so many great guitar leads with Pink Floyd during the '70s. He shared this information in the YouTube description and another video with interviews and behind-the-scenes footage:
Rattle That Lock is David Gilmour’s fourth solo album and follows his 2006 #1 On An Island. The primary lyricist for the new album is Gilmour’s long-term writing partner, novelist Polly Samson, and it is co-produced by David Gilmour and Roxy Music’s Phil Manzanera. Rattle That Lock’s striking cover has been art directed by Dave Stansbie from The Creative Corporation, under the creative directorship of Aubrey Powell from Hipgnosis.
The title track, “Rattle That Lock” ... begins with the four notes, created by Michaël Boumendil, which precede announcements at French SNCF railway stations which David Gilmour recorded on his iPhone at Aix-en-Provence station. Polly Samson’s lyrics are inspired by Book II of John Milton’s Paradise Lost, which features in her recent acclaimed novel, The Kindness. The single also features The Liberty Choir and singers Mica Paris and Louise Marshall.
The rhythm section feels pretty stiff and borderline cheesy, but we obviously love the cowbell! It's Gilmour's voice and guitar that really make this track a good listen. It sounds like a cross between Steve Miller Band's 1982 single "Abracadabra" and Kanye West's "Jesus Walks."
This week, Gilmour also announced his first North American tour in 10 years. Tickets are currently on sale.