Photo Credit: courtesy of Shawn Brackbill
Songwriting and producing legend John Cale is back with Shifty Adventures in Nookie World, his fifteenth solo album and first since 2005. Cale shape-shifts often throughout the record, channeling discotheque on the Danger Mouse-produced “I Wanna Talk 2 U,” acoustic picking his way through “Living With You,” and venturing into folklore on “Sandman (Flying Dutchman).” Post-punk, hip-hop and everything in between are covered throughout the 12 new tracks.
This shape-shifting is natural coming from Cale, who has explored dozens of genres over the course of his long career. The Welsh composer and multi-instrumentalist cofounded the Velvet Underground in 1965 with Lou Reed, collaborated with Brian Eno and Terry Riley, produced landmark albums by the Stooges, the Modern Lovers and Patti Smith, was a protégé of classical compose Aaron Copeland and is now an officer of the Order of the British Empire.
And after several years off from recording a full-length album, Cale began writing songs on an Akai electronic drum, resulting in the heavily electronic Shifty Adventures in Nookie World. Hear Cale perform tracks from his new album and discuss the record with host David Dye on this installment of World Cafe.
FACE TO THE SKY
I WANNA TALK 2 U