John Cale’s ‘Night Crawling’ Recalls Bowie Afterdark

It's an ode to illicit New York nights...

John Cale has shared new single ‘Night Crawling’.

A true legend of modern music, John Cale’s catalogue contains more about-turns and deft reversals than the average motorway journey. Yet releases of late have been sporadic, with previous single ‘Lazy Day’ coming back in 2020.

Previewing an upcoming UK tour – his first live shows for around three years – John Cale has broken cover with a surprise new single.

Out now, ‘Night Crawling’ recalls afterdark journeys with David Bowie, and there’s a touch of his Berlin era work in the arrangement. Prompted by twilight walks around New York in the late 70s, the song has a kind of rebellious sleaze in its DNA, with John Cale playing virtually every instrument himself.

He comments…

 “It’s been a helluva past two years and I’m glad to finally share a glimpse of what’s coming ahead. There was this period around mid-late 70s when David and I would run into each other in NY. There was plenty of talk about getting some work done but of course we’d end up running the streets, sometimes until we couldn’t keep a thought in our heads, let alone actually get a song together!

One night we managed to meet up for a benefit concert where I taught him a viola part so we could perform together. When I wrote ‘Night Crawling,’ it was a reflective moment of particular times. That kind of NYC that held art in its grip, strong enough to keep it safe and dangerous enough to keep it interesting. I always figured we’d have another go at the two of us recording together, this time without the interference of being perpetually off our heads! The thing about creating music is the ability to divine a thought or feeling even when reality says it’s a logical impossibility.

Tune in now.

Photo Credit: Marlene Marino 

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