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Pink Floyd’s first original music in 28 years is a rousing cry of protest for Ukraine

The first new Pink Floyd music since the band’s 1994 album The division bell is an extraordinary protest song for extraordinary times.

“Hey Hey Rise Up” features original members David Gilmour and Nick Mason, as well as longtime Floyd bassist Guy Pratt and Nitin Sawhney on keyboards, but is primarily based on a spine-tingling vocal performance by Andriy Khlyvnyuk of Ukrainian band Boombox.

Khlyvnyuk was on tour when the invasion of the United States began, but returned home to help defend his country. At the end of February, the singer posted a recording on Instagram of him singing the Ukrainian protest song “The Red Viburnum In The Meadow” on Kiev’s Sofiyskaya Square. Dating from WWI, the song has taken on new relevance since the country’s recent Russian invasion.

Gilmour, who played a show with Boombox in London in 2015, was so enthralled by the performance that he sampled Khlyvnyuk’s vocals and incorporated them into this new song, which takes its title from the English translation of the last line: “Hey hey, rise up and be happy!”

A minute and a half later, Gilmour unleashes a signature guitar solo that seems to scream in agony. This isn’t a guitar that weeps softly, it roars with anger and frustration.

All proceeds from the song will be used to support humanitarian aid to the people of Ukraine.

https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/music/reviews/pink-floyd-hey-hey-rise-up-ukraine-b2053334.html Pink Floyd’s first original music in 28 years is a rousing cry of protest for Ukraine

JOE HERNANDEZ

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