John Cale unveils new single "Night Crawling"
1st August 2022
Today, John Cale presents “Night Crawling,” his first new music since 2020 when he released the single, “Lazy Day,” and collaborated with Kelly Lee Owens on “Corner of My Sky.” “Night Crawling” is a taste of much more to come from Cale, and precedes his upcoming UK tour, which includes his first performances since pre-pandemic. Cale wrote “Night Crawling” with a nod to 70's NYC pre-disco, recalling times when he and David Bowie would traverse the city at night. Throughout the track, Cale layers his inimitable vocals with a skipping beat and hovering bass. As it expands, it becomes nearly danceable with jockeying percussion and whirs of synth. Cale played nearly every instrument on the track, aside from additional drums by Deantoni Parks and backing vocals by Dustin Boyer, and it was mixed by Seven Davis, Jr.. The accompanying video, animated by Mickey Miles, visualizes the song’s vibrant sounds with colorful, retro animation.
Cale further explains: “It’s been a helluva past 2 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.”
Upcoming live dates
Sun 23rd Oct - The Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh
Mon 24th Oct – Barbican, York
Fri 28th Oct - Llais Festival, Cardiff *
Mon 31st Oct - Playhouse Whitley Bay, Whitley Bay
Thu 3rd Nov - Birmingham Town Hall, Birmingham
Mon 7th Nov - De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea
Wed 9th Nov - The London Palladium, London
Thun 10th Nov - Cambridge Corn Exchange, Cambridge
Fri 11th Nov - Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool
* = John Cale + special guests, 80th Birthday Celebration