Back in January, Roger Waters was documenting the recording of his new solo album with producer Nigel Godrich via a series of Instagram posts that showed him at work in the studio, along with a snippet of music that was enough to get us excited for what the pair were cooking up. Then in February, a teaser video gave us the record’s title, Is This The Life We Really Want, along with yet another musical teaser.
Keeping with the trend, check out the video below to see footage of Waters and some musical cohorts at work in the studio recording a cinematic moment of music reminiscent of Pink Floyd’s Animals, complete with some David Gilmour-esque guitar and a full orchestra. Perhaps even more exciting is the video’s reveal that we will have the album in our hands on May 19.
It can be easy to dismiss albums by artists who are long past what seemed like their musical prime. Don’t dismiss this one. If these clips don’t have you convinced of this record’s potential, Waters’ clarity of thought and strong opinions should ensure that he truly has something to say here, and coming from the man who wrote some of the greatest albums of all time, that should have you on the edge of your seat.
He’ll also be heading out on a massive arena tour of North America this year, which was recently expanded with 11 additional dates, kicking things off just a week after the album’s release at the Sprint Center in Kansas City. Missouri on May 26. All dates can be found here.
While you wait for May to roll around, check out this 1984 interview with Waters via the Paste Cloud, and find the release date reveal video beneath that.