New sonic impulses…
7 October 2020
Masterly singer/songwriter JOHN CALE planned to release a new
album this year. But that nasty coronavirus blocked his intention.
“I was so ready to finally get my new album out. And then damn 2020
happened! As a songwriter, my truth is all tied-up in and through those
songs that must wait a while longer” said Cale in a statement.
He just shared a new song anyway.
“It occurred to me that I do have something for the moment, a song I’d recently
completed. With the world careening out of its orbit I wanted to stop the lurch
and enjoy a period where we can take our time and breathe our way back into
a calmer world.”
LAZY DAY is a special song. A slow-moving meditation with Cale‘s
hazy voice floating in the air. Pretty weird but it seems like this is
the ex-Velvet Underground legend’s sonic rendering of a perfect day.
Here we go…
JOHN CALE: Facebook
New sonic impulses…
5 August 2020
Welsh artist/producer KELLY LEE OWENS and living VU legend JOHN CALE, also Welsh, worked together on a new song called CORNER OF MY SKY from Owens new, second album Inner Song, out 28th August.
A fascinating piece with Owens’ ominous synth-scapes and Cale musing all over it with his characteristic, doomy vox, singing both in English and Welsh,
Cale said about the collaboration: “Kelly sent me a track she’d written — an instrumental that was a gentle drift — something comfortably familiar to what I’d been working on myself. On the first listen, the lyrics came with ease and a chorus and melody grew out of it.”
Owens added: “I knew with this album I needed to connect with my roots and therefore having the Welsh language featured on the record felt very important to me. Once the music for the track was written and the sounds were formed, I sent the track straight to John and asked if he could perhaps delve into his Welsh heritage and tell the story of the land via spoken-word, poetry and song.
Get impressed by Corner Of My Sky here…
KELLY LEE OWENS: Facebook
(image on top: JCale album Vintage V.)
New and old albums to make your day…
12 April 2020
When JOHN CALE left influential icons THE VELVET UNDERGROUD it was mostly
because of his tense relationship with the late great stubborn legend LOU REED.
But in 1990 they teamed up again to honor their inspirator ANDY WARHOL with
masterly album ‘SONGS FOR DRELLA‘, released 30 years ago, on 11 April 1990.
Warhol died three years before, in 1987. Drella was his nickname, a contraction
of Dracula and Cinderella. He never liked it himself. This memorable record shows,
once again, how brilliant these two splendiferous artists were. Thanks to their huge songwriting skills and imposing voices they made out of each of the 15 songs a compelling experience. A masterpiece indeed!
AllMusic wrote: “Neither Reed nor Cale wanted the music to distract from their story, and
here they paint a portrait of Warhol that has far more depth and poignancy than his public image would have led one to expect. It’s a moving and deeply felt tribute to a misunderstood man, and it’s a pleasure to hear these two comrades-in-arms working together again, even if their renewed collaboration was destined to be short-lived.” Full review here. Score: 4.5/5.
Top tracks: Nobody But You / Open House / Style It Takes / Small Town
– NOBODY BUT YOU –
– OPEN HOUSE –
– STYLE IT TAKES –
– SMALL TOWN –
Play full album here…