Pink Floyd’s surprise return after 20 years seems to have an extra local twist to it.
After announcing the release date of the comeback album to be November, the band shared the album artwork…which was designed by an 18-year old Egyptian independent designer! And that was not an artwork contest like Coldplay’s. Pink Floyd’s agency personally contacted Ahmed Emad El Din after being impressed by his online gallery.
The historic band’s original designer- known for his triangular prism design of the legendary Dark Side of the Moon – passed away last year. This gave way to Emad El Din, who did quite a great job at creating the image for the album. His interpretation depicts a man rowing his way into the horizon- something that was possibly fitting to the nature of this release. Pink Floyd averred that this album was a tribute to their late friend and keyboardist, Richard Wright, so the picture must have did it for them in that poetic sense.
<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” lang=”en”><p>The Endless River, the new Pink Floyd album, will be released on November 10. <a href=”http://t.co/EpY2YBIgME”>http://t.co/EpY2YBIgME</a> <a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/TheEndlessRiver?src=hash”>#TheEndlessRiver</a> <a href=”http://t.co/IeCnIHU6tC”>pic.twitter.com/IeCnIHU6tC</a></p>— Pink Floyd (@pinkfloyd) <a href=”https://twitter.com/pinkfloyd/status/514052265729355776″>September 22, 2014</a></blockquote>
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The artwork also impressed a former colleague of the band’s late designer, Storm Thorgerson, who described the image as “enigmatic,” “open to interpretation,” and having a “Floydian resonance.”