Paul McCartney – Egypt Station cover artworkProducers: Greg Kurstin, Ryan Tedder

Released: 7 September 2018

Tracklisting:
TBC

Egypt Station is the 17th solo album by Paul McCartney, and the follow-up to 2013's New.

It will be released by Capitol Records on 7 September 2018, on compact disc, standard 140g vinyl, limited edition 180g deluxe coloured vinyl, and a super deluxe box set. See the options on McCartney's official site.

The album title was announced on 18 June 2018, McCartney's 76th birthday. It followed a series of cryptic messages on McCartney's social media accounts, beginning on 10 June 2018 with a doodle which appeared to show a pyramid or train track:

There were also six monochrome shots, of musical equipment or McCartney alone in a recording studio, leading to speculation that the new album title might be McCartney III.

On 17 June a train ticket image was posted, establishing the theme for the album's artwork:

The first key clue to the title was an image of a torn ticket, which appeared to show the letters "…PT" and "…ON" along with some faint heirglyphics:

On the morning of 18 June, McCartney's birthday, a new image was published which featured pyramids and palm trees, the clearest indication that the new release would have an Egypt theme.

The full title was revealed later in the day:

The first songs revealed from the album were I Don't Know and Come On To Me, released as a double a-side single on 20 June 2018.

The first tastes of Paul’s brand new studio album due out later this year on Capitol Records, the two A-sides are polar opposites: 'I Don’t Know' being a plaintive, soul-soothing ballad as only Paul can deliver, and 'Come On To Me' a raucous stomper that fans that first spark of chemistry into a rocking blaze.

Worldwide speculation about a new Paul McCartney album instantly reached fever pitch as his Instagram account whited out last week—only to ratchet higher as Paul was spotted taking selfies at landmarks in Liverpool the same day. The evening’s climactic event was a surprise gig at the tiny Liverpool Philharmonic Pub, during which 'Come On To Me' made its live debut alongside a set of classics spanning Paul’s career.

Paul’s new album is slated for fall 2018 release on Capitol Records. Further details will be announced shortly.

Press release for I Don't Know/Come On To Me

Come On To Me was the only new song performed at McCartney's surprise show at Liverpool's Philharmonic pub on 9 June.

Announcement

Egypt Station was announced formally on 20 June 2018. Here's the full press release:

PAUL McCARTNEY
EGYPT STATION
NEW STUDIO ALBUM OUT 7th SEPTEMBER 2018 on CAPITOL RECORDS
PRE-ORDERS LIVE NOW, INCLUDING DOUBLE A-SIDE SINGLE 'I DON’T KNOW' / 'COME ON TO ME'

Paul invites you on a musical journey to Egypt Station, estimated time of arrival Friday 7th September 7, 2018 by way of Capitol Records.

Sharing a title with one of Paul’s own paintings, Egypt Station is the first full album of all-new McCartney music since 2013’s international chart-topping NEW. Preceded by two of its tracks just released as double A-sides - plaintive ballad 'I Don’t Know' and raucous stomper 'Come On To Me' - Egypt Station was recorded between Los Angeles, London and Sussex, and produced (with the exception of one Ryan Tedder track) by Greg Kurstin (Adele, Beck, Foo Fighters).

Of the forthcoming album’s enigmatic title, Paul says, “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.”

True to the inspiration behind its title, Egypt Station’s 14 songs combine to convey a unique travelogue vibe. Between the opening and closing instrumentals 'Station I' and 'Station II', each song finds Paul capturing a place or moment before transporting the listener seamlessly to the next destination. Stops along the way include an acoustic meditation on present day contentedness ('Happy With You'), a timeless anthem that would fit on virtually any album of any McCartney era ('People Want Peace'), and an epic multi-movement closer clocking in at seven minutes with a song suite structure harkening back to the days of Paul’s previous combos ('Despite Repeated Warnings'). The result is a kaleidoscopic journey through myriad musical locales and eras, yet firmly rooted in the here and now - with Paul’s singular unmistakeable melodic and lyrical sensibility serving as a guide.

Confirmation of Egypt Station’s release puts an end to speculation about a new Paul McCartney album that began with the whiting out of his Instagram account as Paul turned up at various landmarks in Liverpool. The capper was a 9th June surprise gig at Liverpool’s tiny Philharmonic Pub, during which 'Come On To Me' was debuted alongside a set of classics spanning Paul’s career. Further details to come…

Inspiration

The songs on the album were partly inspired by 2017's 50th anniversary reissue of The Beatles' Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.

I remember going up to the studio a couple of times and saying, oh well I was listening to this programme last night and I thought on ‘Penny Lane’ it was just one piano that I played but it turns out it’s eight! We were goofing around on that, and it inspires you and makes you think you can go anywhere. It’s still gonna sound like a piano, but sonically you can play with it. Pepper was a big influence.
Paul McCartney
DIY Magazine

Title and cover artwork

Egypt Station was originally a piece of art by Paul McCartney. Two hundred lithographs went on sale in 1988.

200 Impressions
Paper size: 25 ½” x 33 ½”
Image size: 15 ½” x 19 ½”

Egypt Station artwork by Paul McCartney, 1988

Here's McCartney's description of the artwork, from the McCartney Art website:

My original inspiration was similar to a picture we were talking about the other day, with Egyptian symbols and shapes I got from looking at a reference book on Egypt. I was interested in the way they drew sunflowers, so two appear on the left and on the right. It was a nice shape, so I took that and then I also love the way they symbolize trees. I like the way they reduce a tree to just some very simple symbols.
Paul McCartney

Elements of the original Egypt Station artwork can be seen in the cover art for the I Don't Know single.