John Cale has released a new single. “Night Crawling,” out now via Domino, his first new single since 2020’s “Lazy Day,” and that same year he collaborated with Kelly Lee Owens on “Corner of the Sky,” on her album Inner Song. The new single was partially inspired by his friendship with David Bowie in the ’70s in New York City. He’s shared the new track via a new video featuring animation from Mickey Miles. Check it out below.
Cale released a statement about the song: “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.”
John Cale’s Fear is featured on our list of the Best Albums of the ’70s.