Roger Waters’ new single, ‘Déjà Vu’, has been given its live TV premiere when the former Pink Floyd bassist and singer appeared on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert.
The track has been taken from Waters’ forthcoming album, Is This The Life We Really Want?, which will see the light of day on June 2. It will be his first studio album since 1992’s Amused To Death and it’s been produced by Radiohead mainstay Nigel Godrich.
Joining Waters for the performance were drummer Joey Waronker from Radiohead offshoot Atoms For Peace and singers Holly Laessig and Jess Wolfe from Brooklyn indie band Lucius.
Waters has described Is This The Life We Really Want? as an "unflinching commentary on the modern world and uncertain times," and "a natural successor to classic Pink Floyd albums such as Animals and The Wall."
The song finds Waters back on provocative territory. Mixing biblical imagery with social commentary on contemporary surveillance culture and the erosion of the environment, Waters sings, “If I had been God/ With my staff and my rod/ If I had been given the nod/ I believe I could have done a better job."
He goes on: "The temple's in ruins/ The Bankers get fat/ The Buffalo's gone/ And the mountain top's flat.”
The performance comes on the heels of the news that Waters has personally approved the use of the design of Pink Floyd’s flying pigs as part of an art installation that will obscure part of Trump Tower in Chicago for one day before moving on to other cities.
Flying Pigs On Parade said in statement: “Roger Waters (Pink Floyd) has given us approval to replicate the original iconic Battersea pig in gold. Since we will have invested in the balloons, we intend to deploy the folly in other cities.
“Flying Pigs on Parade is intended to first deploy in Chicago as a single day art installation. Most of the technical bits have been resolved. We are currently progressing through requirements for municipal approval, negotiating a float date in late summer.”