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Single Review : Pink Floyd (featuring Andriy Khlyvnyuk of Boombox) – ‘Hey, Hey, Rise Up’*

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Review by Paul Monkhouse for MPM

Out of horror, sometimes something good comes. Whilst the devastation is happening in Ukraine, the world looks on in disbelief, the anger growing against those who would invade a friendly and beautiful country, killing its people and trying to erase its identity.

Stirred by seeing these events unfold, events that are personal to him due to family connections, Pink Floyd guitarist Dave Gilmour got in touch with bandmate Nick Mason and, together with long-time bass player Guy Pratt and composer/keyboard player Nitin Sawhney, went into the studio to record the first new Floyd track in twenty-eight years.

Building from footage recently posted on Instagram by Andriy Khlyvnyuk from Ukrainia band Boombox, wearing combat fatigues and singing the 1914 protest song ‘Oh, the Red Viburnum in the Meadow’ the frontman had cut short his US tour to fight for his homeland.

Having played with Khlyvnuk, Gilmour saw that this cry of resistance should become a global cry and decided that it was time to revive the band for one last time, adding their mighty musical weight and reach.

The results are nothing short of astounding. With the hauntingly raw quality of the song itself, added to the power of one the biggest bands in rock history, this juxtaposition works brilliantly, the beauty and the
bravery entwining.

Featuring fretwork that is both sublimely delicate and full of lithe power, accompanied by drums, bass and keys loaded with atmosphere ‘Hey, Hey, Rise Up’ is arguably the most extraordinary thing the band have ever done. Not just a good record, but a vitally important one too.

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