FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 10, 2005
JOHN CALE DELIVERS THE UNEXPECTED WITH NEW
In a career which features cultural landmarks from Andy Warhol to
Shrek, and collaborators ranging from LaMonte Young to Super Furry
Animals, John Cale has proven that for this maverick Welshman, business
as usual means delivering the unexpected. blackAcetate:, his second
album for EMI and first for Astralwerks after 2003's acclaimed HoboSapiens,
maintains this unpredictable consistency.
HoboSapiens saw Cale liberated by the potential of Pro Tools, which
allowed him to harness a variety of sounds to make music that was
unachievable via traditional analog recording. The result was an album
acclaimed as “radical” or even “vintage Cale”.
This time around, the aim was a more ensemble feel, with more traditional
instrumentation, including electric guitars, making for songs that
could be played live without a mountain of computer equipment. But
while there are recognizable instruments aplenty, complementing beautiful,
simple melodies, the surprises keep on coming from the very first
Working closely alongside Cale on blackAcetate: are Herb Graham Jr.
(Macy Gray) and Mickey Petralia (Beck, Rage Against The Machine, Dandy
Warhols, Eels). The powerhouse trio have come up with an album of
incredible music and production values, a reflection of the standards
Cale has always set: from his early work with the Velvet Underground;
his 22 solo studio albums; production for Patti Smith, Nico, Squeeze,
the Stooges and the Happy Mondays.
John Cale's current listening includes Gorillaz, Jill Scott, Erykah
Badu and most of the music emanating from the production powerhouses
of Dre and Pharrell: “I love the working atmosphere Dre generates,”
he enthuses, “it's a music factory and that's something I aspire
to”. For the most part, these artists demonstrate that the musical
eclecticism Cale has championed for four decades is alive and well.
They have also inspired Cale's own take on urban grooves and rhythms:
“I'm interested in funk, and if I'm good at that, then that's
another string to my bow.”
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