Paul McCartney announces his new solo album ‘McCartney III’. Ending a 40-year wait to complete the ‘McCartney’ solo album trilogy.
A press release explains that Paul initially hadn’t planned to release an album in 2020, “but in the isolation of ‘Rockdown’ he soon found himself fleshing out some existing musical sketches and creating even more new ones”.
“Before long an eclectic collection of spontaneous songs would become ‘McCartney III’: a stripped back, self-produced and, quite literally, solo work marking the opening of a new decade, in the tradition of 1970’s ‘McCartney’ and 1980’s ‘McCartney II’.”
Recorded earlier this year in Sussex, ‘McCartney III’ was “first sparked” when McCartney returned to an unreleased track from the early 90s, ‘When Winter Comes’ (which was co-produced by the late George Martin). He crafted a new passage for the song to give rise to the album’s opener, ‘Long Tailed Winter Bird’.
‘When Winter Comes’, featuring its new 2020 intro ‘Winter Bird’, has also been revealed to be the final track on the album.
Speaking about the new album, McCartney said: “I was living lockdown life on my farm with my family and I would go to my studio every day. I had to do a little bit of work on some film music and that turned into the opening track and then when it was done I thought what will I do next? I had some stuff I’d worked on over the years but sometimes time would run out and it would be left half-finished so I started thinking about what I had.
“Each day I’d start recording with the instrument I wrote the song on and then gradually layer it all up, it was a lot of fun. It was about making music for yourself rather than making music that has to do a job. So, I just did stuff I fancied doing. I had no idea this would end up as an album.”
McCartney III is out 11 December, 2020 on Capitol. You can pre-order Paul McCartney’s ‘McCartney III’ Here:
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