Experimental composer and ex-Velvet Underground member John Cale returns today with a new standalone single, “All Summer Long”, taken from the same sessions for last year’s Shifty Adventures in Nookie Wood. While Cale’s idea of summer isn’t exactly pool parties and Bomb Pops, there’s something breezy and celebratory about the track’s twisted folk-rock guitar and pitchy horns, like summertime in some trippy, post-apocalyptic desert.
Of the track’s inspiration, Cale said:
“When writing for Shifty Adventures I noticed an apparent theme of claustrophobic darkness and so of course, I felt at home in that place. There were though a handful of songs unfinished. One in particular was me dreaming about a breeze, space and light. Recalling those early days in my sticky, sweltering NYC flat – how I’d heard summer from the West Coast – thinking how the California landscape informed a vibe that churned out Brian Wilson, Herb Alpert and that strange sexy breeze in your ears. Since the album was predominantly located in the darker, eerie swamps of ‘Nookie Wood,’ it seemed like the wrong place to put this song, but now, just feels right to let it out…”
“All Summer Long” b/w “Sandman (Flying Dutchman)” (off Shifty Adventures) is available now via Domino Recording Co.