Good news! Pink Floyd will release their first new album in more than 20 years. They also unveiled that the cover art was designed by an Egyptian teenager.
The rock band has chosen an Egyptian digital artist to accompany its return with ‘The Endless River’, Pink Floyd’s first new album in 20 years.
The album cover, designed by the Egyptian 18-year-old Ahmed Emad Eldin, shows a young man, in an open white shirt, punting across a sea of clouds towards the glow of the sun.
Album cover (photo: za.online-listing)
Ahmed’s images of sleeve art for the upcoming release were displayed in prime spots in London’s Southbank, New York, Los Angeles, Paris, Milan and Berlin.
The album of the UK’s first psychedelic music group is thought of as a ‘tribute’ to Rick Wright, Pink Floyd’s keyboardist who died from cancer in 2008, and features 18 tracks which are mainly instrumental.
The album’s original idea was to revisit the songs originally written and recorded by David Gilmour, Richard Wright and Nick Mason for ‘The Division Bell’ album during the 1993 sessions. However, the tracks have been modified with new parts which were added and recorded over the years.
Storm Thorgerson, Pink Floyd’s creative director, who designed surreal covers for the band’s classic albums, died last year giving rise to the international search for an artistic successor, which they found in Ahmed.
Aubrey Powell, graphic designer Thorgerson’s partner said while discovering Eldin: “When we saw Ahmed’s image it had an instant Floydian resonance. It’s enigmatic and open to interpretation, and is the cover that works so well for The Endless River,” The Guardian reports.
The young Egyptian was born in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, and before moving to Cairo, he began to experiment with digital art when he was 13.
The artist told The Independent: “A creative agency working for Pink Floyd contacted me after checking my artworks through the internet as my work has appeared on online galleries [such as] behance.net”.
Explaining his inspiration behind the cover art he added: “Thinking about life and nature and what is beyond the world of charming factors we have never seen is enough to create millions of different amazing feelings.”
“First, I draw a sketch for what is in my mind, then I start to simulate the sketch and the idea with real images, and that’s called photo manipulation.”
The album is due to be released on 10 November.