The two previously unreleased songs from Paul McCartney’s Egypt Station sessions, ‘Home Tonight’ and ‘In A Hurry,’ are available for streaming and download from today (22). In the week that he was confirmed as the Saturday night headliner at Glastonbury, the former Beatle is on fine form on the tracks, out now digitally and as a physical release for Record Store Day on a double A-side, 7-inch picture disc single via Capitol Records. The disc will feature new, exclusively created artwork based on Exquisite Corpse, the surrealist parlour game, as well as a lyric insert.
The tracks were recorded with producer Greg Kurstin during the sessions for the Billboard 200 chart-topping Egypt Station, McCartney’s 17th solo studio set, released in September 2018. ‘Home Tonight’ has an acoustic guitar and vocal introduction before slipping into an easy, mid-tempo groove and a singalong, brassy feel.
‘In A Hurry’ has Paul singing about an unnamed woman, perhaps putting his longterm fans in mind of his early solo smash ‘Another Day.’ “Every minute, she’d be rushing, someone always breathing down her neck/Felt like everyone was pushing her down, keeping her in check,” he says, before the chorus chant of “never too late to celebrate” kicks in to change her attitude. “This is what she was after/Not too late, not too late.”
McCartney is continuing work on next year’s musical adaptation of It’s A Wonderful Life, based on the beloved 1946 Frank Capra-directed film classic and in collaboration with Lee Hall. Paul has also this week confirmed that in the lead-up to the Glastonbury date on 27 June, his Freshen Up tour will make Italian stops at Piazza Plebiscito in Naples on 10 June and Mura Storiche in Lucca on 13 June. The tour has already run over five legs and more than 90 shows since its launch in September 2018.