Paul McCartney pulls into the station today (Friday) with his first studio album since 2013's New. Titled Egypt Station, it takes its name from one of his paintings.
Paul McCartney on the cover art of his new album, Egypt Station, which is out today (Friday):
“It had Egyptian iconography in it and just to remember it I called it Egypt Station. And, I was looking at it one day and I thought, ‘Quite a nice title that Egypt Station. That could be the new album’s title.’ And then I thought, you know what the painting could be the cover. So that’s where it started. And so, you know, we start off like with a station noise so you’re sort of in a station.”
The album contains 14 songs that combine to convey a unique travelogue vibe. Between the opening and closing instrumentals "Station 1" and "Station 2," each song finds Paul capturing a place or moment before transporting the listener seamlessly to the next destination.
Paul McCartney on the creative goal of his new album, Egypt Station:
“The big stars like Beyonce, Taylor Swift and Kendrick [Lamar] and those people, their songs are, in a way, a collection of singles. You know, they’re all great commercial tracks, but it doesn’t kind of roll through like a Pink Floyd album used to or a Beatle album. I can’t compete with that kind of Taylor Swift thing. So I thought, ‘Well, maybe what I can do, what used to be called a concept album.’ It is an album that, if you want to, you can sort of listen all the way and should roll through and take you somewhere.”
Paul is in New York today (Friday) where he will promote Egypt Station with a show tonight in one of the city’s “grandest” train stations. It will be streamed live on YouTube starting at 7 pm.