Roger Waters will put out Is This the Life We Really Want? – the Pink Floyd co-founder's first album since 1992's Amused to Death – on June 2nd. Nigel Godrich (Radiohead, Paul McCartney) produced and mixed the album, which includes 12 new songs that, according to a press release, contain "unflinching commentary on the modern world and uncertain times."
The album will come out as a 180-gram vinyl LP, on CD and digitally and is available for pre-order beginning Friday.
In addition to Waters, who sings, plays bass and acoustic guitar on the album, the musicians include Godrich (arrangement, sound collages, keyboards, guitar), Gus Seyffert (bass, guitar, keyboards), Jonathan Wilson (guitar, keyboards), Joey Waronker (drums), Roger Mannning (keyboards), Lee Pardini (keyboards) and Lucius (vocals) with Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig.
Although Waters has been tight-lipped about the album's contents, he told Rolling Stone earlier this year that he has drawn inspiration from the antipathy he feels toward the Trump administration, as well as a dramatic radio play he had been writing before working on the LP about a man and his granddaughter investigating why children were being killed in faraway lands. "Two or three of the songs from that idea are on this album," he said. "Nigel Godrich persuaded me that for the purposes of a rock & roll record, which is what this is, he felt my theatrical idea – I'd written the whole thing as a radio play – was less than ideal."
They reworked some of Waters' ideas, though the singer-songwriter also looked outward for inspiration. The Is This the Life tune "Wait for Her" was inspired by an English translation of "Lesson From the Kama Sutra (Wait for Her)" by the late Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish.
Is This The Life We Really Want? Track List
1. "When We Were Young"
2. "Déjà Vu"
3. "The Last Refugee"
4. "Picture That"
5. "Broken Bones"
6. "Is This the Life We Really Want?"
7. "Bird in a Gale"
8. "The Most Beautiful Girl"
9. "Smell the Roses"
10. "Wait for Her"
11. "Oceans Apart"
12. "Part of Me Died"