Paul McCartney announces new 'McCartney II I' album

New 22/10/2020

Sir Macca has announced a new album titled 'McCartney III', which will hit store shelves this 11th December.

McCartney noted in the press release that he had time to make the one-man-band effort album during coronavirus lockdown.

I just did stuff I fancied doing. I had no idea this would end up as an album

"I was living lockdown life on my farm with my family and I would go to my studio every day," he explained. "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," he said. "So, I just did stuff I fancied doing. I had no idea this would end up as an album."

Watch the trailer below:

A tracklist has yet to be released, but he notes that first and last tracks are 'Long Tailed Winter Bird' and 'Winter Bird/When Winter Comes'. Both tracks are embellishments of an unreleased song Sir Macca had made with George Martin sometime in the '90s.

Available for pre-order now, the album will be available in CD and digital formats, as well as several vinyl packages, including a standard 180-gram black vinyl and a limited edition white vinyl LP (only 4,000 copies) available at independent US record stores. Stores like Target, Third Man Records and Newberry Comics will also carry exclusive coloured vinyl.

'McCartney III' comes after the release of 'Egypt Station' back in 2018. Its title puts the LP more in line with his 1970 self-titled solo debut and the 1980's 'McCartney II', where he also played all the instruments and only had assistance on backing vocals from his wife, Linda.

Since McCartney started teasing the upcoming album, fans who had been listening to both 'McCartney' and 'McCartney II' on Spotify noticed a die rolling the number three superimposed onto the album artwork. Later, Sir Macca tweeted a photo of three mushrooms, a rose and three flowers. All images were accompanied by 🎲🎲🎲.