50 years after releasing his debut self-titled solo album in April 1970 and 40 years after its aptly-titled follow-up, McCartney II, Paul McCartney has confirmed the forthcoming arrival of McCartney III, due out December 11th via Capitol.
The songs to be featured on the album were written, recorded, and produced by a solo McCartney in Sussex, England over the spring and summer months while much of the world hid inside due to the COVID-19 outbreak, which has hit the United Kingdom and its live events industry especially hard.
A statement from McCartney shared with Wednesday’s announcement reads,
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’s last solo album, Egypt Station, arrived in September 2018.
Listen to some of the first audio from the album along with video footage of McCartney playing various instruments in the studio in the promo clip shared to his social media pages on Wednesday below.
McCartney III. The new album, out December 11th 🎲
— Paul McCartney (@PaulMcCartney) October 21, 2020