Singer-songwriter James McCartney will issue The Blackberry Train, engineered by Steve Albini, (Nirvana, The Pixies), worldwide on May 6 via Kobalt Label Services.
Fans can pre-order the album now via James' website. The opening track, "Too Hard", will be available for instant download on iTunes and on Spotify with pre-order.
Of the track, James says: "I wrote it in L.A, and tried to infuse it with a country feel to really bring out that desperation, and the idea of trying too hard. Dhani Harrison came into the studio and we both collaborated on the guitar solo in the song."
In December 2015, before Christmas, James played a three-show residency at The Islington in London, where he debuted material from The Blackberry Train to sold out audiences. McCartney will be sharing tracks from his new release as he tours the U.S. in the summer.
"It's all been an evolution," James says. "This set of songs definitely has a harder edge, but it's a continuation of the last album. The main thing for me is to not conform or compromise."
The Blackberry Train includes a very personal song in "Waterfall" which was inspired by memories of his mother Linda.
To accurately capture the music in his head, James sought out the distinct audio stylings of Albini.
"I like the music to have elements of the avant-garde, psychedelic, and be just a little against the grain," James reveals. "But in the end, it's about having as much emotion as possible for me, musically and lyrically. It's all about the music being cathartic, heartfelt and true."
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