Less than a month earlier than Roger Waters releases his first rock album in 25 years, the former Pink Floyd bassist unveiled one among his new songs, “Déjà Vu.” The brand new record, produced by Nigel Godrich, known as Is This the Life We Really Want? and arrives June 2nd.
“Déjà Vu” conjures acquainted motifs from Pink Floyd’s past, from the subtle Dark Side of the Moon beat beneath the strings to the musique concrete war recordings. The track is also reminiscent of Roger Waters’ understated late-era Floyd ballads like “The Final Cut” and “Fletcher Memorial Home.”
“If I was a drone/ Patrolling from the skies/ With my electric eyes for guidance/ And the element of surprise,” Waters sings on the ballad because the strings swell. “I wouldn’t be afraid to find someone home/ Maybe a woman at a stove, baking bread, making rice, however just boiling down some bones/ If I were a drone.”
“Déjà Vu” is the second new song Roger Waters released following the similarly nostalgic “Smell the Roses.” On May 26th, just before the album’s official release, Roger Waters will embark on his Us + Them North American Tour.