Last night, people thought former Beatle Paul McCartney had gone a bit mental. All of a sudden, on his Twitter, he was listing the second half of words that begin with "new" including "castle", "lyweds", and "sworthy". Nobody really expected him to announce the release of a new album and its accompanying title track, 'New', thinking instead that old Fab Macca Wacky Thumbs Aloft was getting on a bit now and misunderstanding Twitter for a search engine a la @oldmansearch.

New is McCartney first proper solo release since 2007's Memory Almost Full (2012's Kisses on the Bottom was more of a covers album with only two original songs on it). If the title track is anything to go by, this could be a return to form for McCartney and something that would quite happily make me forgive him for creating 'Temporary Secretary'. With the assistance of Mark Ronson, 'New' is laden with pop hooks that is reminiscent of Revolver era tracks such as the brilliant 'Got To Get You Into My Life'. The modern yet nostalgic sensibilities of Ronson's production sits perfectly with McCartney's obvious history, making 'New' sound like a Beatles track had The Beatles still been around and moulded their sound to work today, which isn't anywhere near as bad as it sounds.

Details around the album are scant right now, other than that it is set for a October 14th/15th release and contains production from the likes of Ronson, Ethan Johns, Paul Epworth, and Giles Martin. More details have been promised, however, to arrive in the "coming weeks". Something to definitely keep an eye on.

Listen to the track by heading here.

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