Social media has been abuzz with news of Paul McCartney's latest single, aptly titled "New." The song previews McCartney's first album of original material since 2007's Memory Almost Full, and signals the approach the ex-Beatle is taking for his latest release. For the upcoming New disc, McCartney enlisted a number of producers including Mark Ronson (producer of Amy Winehouse and Adele, among numerous other notables).
Ronson helmed this sunny track, which recalls "Got to Get You into My Life" in tempo and McCartney's last two albums (not counting the covers disc Kisses on the Bottom) Memory Almost Full and Chaos and Creation in the Backyard. The hand-clapping rhythm, horns, and rollicking keyboards accompany his slightly wavering voice. The relentlessly optimistic lyrics could be interpreted several ways, most obviously addressing his relationship with wife Nancy. "Oh, lucky day you came along / Just in time while I was searching for the light / You came along, then we were new," he croons. However, he could also be referring to past relationships, both romantic and creative. At the end of the song he chants "Then we were new / Now we are new." Is he referring to one relationship, or is he comparing past and present, a la the Beatles' "In My Life"? The line "You came along and made my life a song" faintly echoes the lyrics "And if I say I really loved you / And was glad you came along / Then you were here today / For you were in my song" from "Here Today," McCartney's touching tribute to John Lennon. "New" could refer to feelings of rebirth and renewal, and therefore pays tribute to those who greatly impacted his life.
Whatever its meaning, "New" stands as a pleasant addition to the McCartney oeuvre, and clearly illustrates the music legend's current happiness in life.
"New" is available for download on iTunes, where you can also preorder the New album, due out in mid-October.