Faces of Stone
Gilmour’s first solo affair in nearly a decade opens with “5 A.M.,” a moody, space-blues instrumental that foreshadows the record’s pre-dawn vibe. We’re talking music that drifts like fog down deserted city streets and out into the rolling countryside. Gilmour’s tenor doesn’t soar like it once did, yet his rippling delivery on “Faces of Stones, “In Any Tongue” and “Today” still prove to be entrancing. The set’s most Floydian moment arrives with “A Boat Lies Waiting,” an atmospheric hymn featuring layered harmonies, found sounds and shimmering keys; its splendor will demand repeated listens.