Word that Paul McCartney is working on a new album was overshadowed earlier this week by news that he’s also planning a world tour, but details are starting to emerge about the rocker’s latest recording project. Mark Ronson is involved, for one thing.
After DJing McCartney’s wedding to Nancy Shevall in 2011, Ronson joined the former Beatle in the studio to produce three new songs, he told The Associated Press. “It’s really good. He writes really good songs,” Ronson said.
The producer is no stranger to working with talented performers, having collaborated with Grammy winners Amy Winehouse, Adele, Bruno Mars and Christina Aguilera. But teaming with McCartney, he said, was “on another level.”
“He understands that you’re so nervous to be working with Paul McCartney, ’cause everyone is,” Ronson said. “He gives you a lot of leeway, but then at the end of the day, you need to deliver the goods.”
Ronson didn’t talk specifics about how the new songs sound, but McCartney told Rolling Stone last year that because of the wedding connection, he wrote a celebratory tune to match called “Life of a Party Girl.” Ronson expressed admiration for McCartney’s broad sonic palette, given the singer’s vast catalog with the Beatles, Wings and on his own. The new album will follow Kisses on the Bottom, a collection of standards that McCartney released last year.
“He’s done every kind of music. He invented the rule book in several different ways,” Ronson said. “I don’t know if [our stuff] is revolutionary, but they’re brilliant songs. I just tried to give him a sound he was looking for.”