Something Else! sneak peek: Paul McCartney, "Blue Sway" (2011)

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Here’s a new song and video from the forthcoming remastered special edition of Paul McCartney‘s 1980 solo project McCartney II. A never-before-released track, “Blue Sway” will be part of the set’s bonus audio disc, to be issued June 14.

It couldn’t sound more different than the new wave-influenced synth experiments that dominated the original release. In fact, there is a florid, wide-lapelled expanse to the song, something that sounds so completely of a piece with the quickly disappearing 1970s. The strings almost swerve into a disco syncopation; the saxes are sometimes so bawdy as to border on the strip-teasey. It’s like an outtake from the soundtrack of a Roger Moore-era Bond flick, so anachronistically specific.

Then you see the stunning underwater video, and all is forgiven.

“Blue Sway,” produced by award-winning surf filmmaker Jack McCoy and dedicated to McCartney’s late wife Linda, was filmed off Tahiti’s Teahupoo reef. No surprise, it was named best music video at the NYC BE FILM Short Festival in May. “Blue Sway” will also be featured as part of a summer PSA campaign by the Surfrider Foundation, a non-profit grassroots organization dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of oceans, waves and beaches. Look for this music video on the bonus DVD of the new McCartney II set, courtesy of MPL and the Concord Music Group.

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Nick DeRiso

Nick DeRiso

Nick DeRiso has written for USA Today, American Songwriter, All About Jazz, and a host of others. Honored as columnist of the year five times by the Associated Press, Louisiana Press Association and Louisiana Sports Writers Association, he oversaw a daily section named Top 10 in the U.S. by the AP before co-founding Something Else! Nick is now associate editor of Ultimate Classic Rock.
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