In June, Paul McCartney offered up new material from the Fireman when he made Electric Arguments’ mellow, psychedelic “Lifelong Passion” available to those who donated a minimum of $25 to help raise money for Adopt-A-Minefield. To recap: The Fireman, his collaboration with Youth (producer, guy from Killing Joke), released a pair of ambient, electro-based records in the ’90s, Strawberries Oceans Ships Forest followed by Rushes. The aforementioned third collection Electric Arguments is out next month. Judging from the second available album track “Nothing Too Much Just Out Of Sight,” Paul and Youth are ditching the ambient for a bluesier, in-the-red Comets On Fire/Howlin Rain sound. It’s supposedly a rant against his ex, Heather Mills.
The Fireman (Paul McCartney & Youth) – “Nothing Too Much Just Out Of Sight” (MP3)
“I said ‘I love you’ / I thought you knew the last thing to do was try to betray me / The new morning light I’ll never forget it / And that’s just outta sight.” Yes. Something longtime fans of the Fireman should notice: This is the first release with upfront vocals. “Nothing Too Much” is the opener. There are 13 tracks in all. This is what the release at Paul’s official site had to say:
The album’s opener Nothing Too Much Just Out Of Sight is classic rock and an instant attention grabber. A heavy guitar riff with loud drums and souring vocals, it’s like nothing The Fireman have ever done before. The second track, the acoustic driven Two Magpies immediately takes you in a different direction, calming things right down. Then we reach the third song Sing The Changes, a euphoric upbeat song with an instantly memorable melody. Electric Arguments continues in this fashion, keeping the listener intrigued as to where The Fireman will take them next. Each album track has an entirely different personality, yet somehow this collection sits together perfectly. Other standout tracks include ‘Light From Your Lighthouse’, ‘Sun Is Shining’ and ‘Dance ‘Til We’re High’, all in keeping with the genre-hopping spirit of the first two The Fireman albums. Electric Arguments demonstrates that Paul McCartney is still interested in pure musical possibilities. This is an album set to both surprise and delight the listener. Made with no record company restraints or a set release date to work to, Electric Arguments was made with complete artistic and creative freedom.
Electric Arguments is out 11/18 via MPL/ATO (11/17 in the UK).