Roger Waters has released an official video for brand new track “The Last Refugee” ahead of his upcoming fifth studio album, Is This the Life We Really Want?.
As previously reported, the brand new LP — due June 2 — continues Roger Waters’ longstanding commitment to socially aware rock ‘n’ roll. In a press release announcing the Nigel Godrich-produced album, he described its contents as an “unflinching commentary on the modern world and uncertain times” — a promise upheld by the video for “The Last Refugee,” which seeks to humanize the displaced by depicting them within the act of creation, expression and reflection.
“The Last Refugee” serves as the third and presumably final pre-release song from Is This the Life We Really Want?, which snaps a 25-year drought between studio LPs from the former Pink Floyd bassist. Roger Waters first unveiled “Smell the Roses” a week after announcing the album; two weeks later, he followed that tease with the release of a second song, “Deja Vu.”
Like much of Roger Waters’ work, Is This the Life We Really Want? serves a concept of sorts. “It’s pondering not just why we’re killing the children,” he explained last yr. “It’s also the question of how do we take these moments of love – if we’re granted any in our lives – and allow that like to shine on the rest of existence, on others.”
Followers can look ahead to seeing Waters on the road for much of the rest of the yr. He’ll launch his subsequent round of tour dates May 26 in Kansas City, and is presently scheduled to travel across North America through late October.