Just past midnight on Thursday, Paul McCartney announced that he'd released a new single, "New," available via iTunes. An album, still untitled, would follow on October 14 in the UK and October 15 in the States. It's McCartney's first collection of new music in six years, since the release of 2007's Memory Almost Full.
According to the BBC, the album promises 12 new songs and collaborations with four producers, including Mark Ronson and Paul Epworth, who produced Adele's "Skyfall." Ronson, who has worked with Adele, Rufus Wainwright and Bruno Mars, produced "New."
It was Ronson's inspired connection with the late Amy Winehouse on 2006's Back to Black that intrigued McCartney. "Mark's work with Amy [Winehouse] was sensational, so I knew he'd be good," said McCartney. "He knows his music, he knows what he likes and the two of us together took the song and tried to put the maximum vibe into it."
Describing the first release, "New," McCartney said, "It's catchy, it's summery, it's a love song. I think people will recognise it as definitely me."
Listen to the breezy, upbeat track, which possesses a spectral hint of the Beatles' "Penny Lane," below.