Watch Roger Waters’ Video for ‘The Last Refugee’

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Roger Waters has released an official video for new song “The Last Refugee” ahead of his upcoming fifth studio album, Is This the Life We Really Want?.

As previously reported, the new LP — due June 2 — continues Waters’ longstanding commitment to socially conscious 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 in the act of creation, expression and reflection.

“The Last Refugee” serves as the third and presumably final pre-release track from Is This the Life We Really Want?, which snaps a 25-year drought between studio LPs from the former Pink Floyd frontman. 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 track, “Deja Vu.

Like much of Waters’ work, Is This the Life We Really Want? serves a concept of sorts. “It’s pondering not just why we are killing the children,” he explained last year. “It’s also the question of how do we take these moments of love – if we are granted any in our lives – and allow that love to shine on the rest of existence, on others.”

Fans can look forward to seeing Waters on the road for much of the rest of the year. He’ll launch his next round of tour dates May 26 in Kansas City, and is currently scheduled to travel across North America through late October.

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