The latest musical offering from Wings legend Sir Paul McCartney is the light and gently orchestrated In The Blink of An Eye, a single appearing on the soundtrack for the upcoming animated movie Ethel & Ernest.
Opening with a delicate piano line, smooth strings soon join before giving way to a stark and clean acoustic guitar that accompanies a trademark rising-and-falling, easy-breezey melody. Musically it is reminiscent of his recent acoustic guitar driven Hope For The Future and piano ballad (I Want To) Come Home.
The song borrows from off-cuts and half written songs dating back as far as the 70s, as well as incorporating recent orchestral sections recently written as part of an upcoming project. The parts are all woven nicely together with newly-penned sections.
While the lyrics are neither deep nor soul searching, the song is nice enough and the sentiment is sweet and in keeping with the movie that it will accompany. It may not be the screaming Jet or the rollicking Helter Sketer, so it wont be everyone’s cup of tea, but it ticks all the boxes and fits the brief perfectly.
In The Blink of an Eye will be available on the Ethel & Ernest soundtrack.
Ethel & Ernest, an animated film, is taken from the graphic novel by Raymond Briggs about the lives of two Londoners. The characters were based on his parents. The film stars the voices of Jim Broadbent and Brenda Blethyn in the title roles and Harry Collett and Luke Treadaway as the author in his younger and later days. You can watch the trailer for Ethel & Ernest (which doesn’t feature Macca’s new song) below.