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Paul McCartney details the creation of his new album ‘McCartney III’

Paul McCartney has been discussing the impending release of his brand new album, McCartney III which arrives on December 11th, and the creative process behind its beginning.

The forthcoming project arrives as McCartney’s first album since 2018 effort Egypt Station and sees him finally complete the trilogy of records which began with his debut solo album, McCartney, in 1970. He then followed it up a decade later with 1980 effort McCartney II. The iconic musician recorded both previous albums at his home studio and featured additional vocals from his late wife Linda, who passed away in 1998. Now, Macca has confirmed the final effort in the trilogy.

Given the current health crisis, the 78-year-old former Beatle spent a large period of his time during the self-isolation lockdown working on new material. Given his extensive back catalogue, the musician revisited material that was “half worked on” or “never worked on but I’d written a year or so ago”.

“I enjoyed going back to them because it wasn’t for anything,” he explained.

“Well, I’m always writing,” he said in a new Q&A on his official website. “It’s like my hobby! I had a couple of things that were new – that I’d just done – and during lockdown you were asked to stay at home, or go to work only if it couldn’t be done from home. The thing that I couldn’t get done from home was making a record – unless I was going to do the bedroom thing, which I haven’t really got set up.

“This meant I was able to go into the studio. I had to finish an intro and outro for a short animated film and I got into it. Then I thought, ‘Well, you know what? I’m enjoying this!’, so then I looked at the latest song I’d written and did that.”

“It felt homemade, you know? For example, if you’re making a painting that’s going to go on the front of the Town Hall, it’s very significant, but if you’re making a painting just for your own little bedroom, you don’t worry so much, and that can be very liberating. It was quite liberating doing these songs.”