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Paul McCartney announces lockdown album, McCartney III

By | Published on Thursday 22 October 2020

Paul McCartney

Paul McCartney has announced a new solo album recorded during lockdown, which completes a trilogy he began 50 years ago. Although I’m not sure he knew it was a trilogy until recently.

‘McCartney III’ – which follow’s 1970’s ‘McCartney’ and 1980’s ‘McCartney II’ – was recorded truly solo, with McCartney himself playing every instrument. It began when he returned to a song, ‘When The Winter Comes’, which he originally recorded in the early 90s, and finally completed earlier this year.

“I was living lockdown life on my farm with my family and I would go to my studio every day”, he says. “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”, he continues. “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”.

The new LP is set for release on 11 Dec. Here’s a trailer: