It’s the middle of 2018, and so far, the year has been pretty grim for much of the world. But, there’s hope: A new Paul McCartney album is en route. Better still, the first two singles are out now.
On Wednesday, Paul McCartney released two new songs—”I Don’t Know” and “Come On To Me”—as a double A-side single. After teasing new music on his Instagram last week, he has also announced that his first new album in five years, Egypt Station, is set to arrive on Sept. 7 via Capitol Records. Scroll down to see the collage-esque album art.
Each new track arrives with a groovy lyric video, both of which you can watch below. You can also listen to the new songs via your preferred streaming platform here.
McCartney said of the forthcoming album, which follows 2013’s New, in a statement:
I liked the words “Egypt Station.” It reminded me of the “album” albums we used to make … Egypt Station starts off at the station on the first song and then each song is like a different station. So it gave us some idea to base all the songs around that. I think of it as a dream location that the music emanates from.
McCartney is 76, but you’d never know it when listening to his new music. His lust for life (and romance) appears no less active than in 1970. While “I Don’t Know” is a piano-fueled outcry, “Come On To Me” is a wistful upbeat rock song with a robust horn section. Both tracks seamlessly straddle the 20th and 21st centuries, too; modern sonic advancements are evident, but the same grit of early Beatles and McCartney music is felt throughout. On “I Don’t Know” and “Come On To Me,” McCartney appears immune to both age and the wear of time, just as was when he dutifully recorded “FourFiveSeconds” with Kanye West and Rihanna, and has for the last few decades.
You can preorder Egypt Station right here. Listen to the new tracks and check out the album art below, then keep scrolling to listen to Paste vault audio from a McCartney show circa 1990.
Egypt Station Album Art: