John Cale

John Cale Released New Single & Video “Noise Of You”

John Cale
Photo by Madeline McManus

John Cale unveils “NOISE OF YOU,” the new single/video off his first new album in a decade, MERCY, out January 20th on Double Six / Domino. “NOISE OF YOU” follows last year’s “shimmering” (Rolling Stone) single “NIGHT CRAWLING,” and “STORY OF BLOOD,” Cale’s “haunting” and “otherworldly” (The New York Times) collaboration with Weyes Blood. Sensual and svelte, “NOISE OF YOU” looks to be uplifted by our most ordinary but transcendent mechanism – love – as Cale croons about waiting to hear a paramour’s footfalls on the stairs during an idyllic winter. The accompanying video, directed by Pepi Ginsberg, features rare and never before seen images of Cale projected across spaces meaningful to his storied career.

Of the track, Cale says: “I don’t tend to romanticize the idea of love. It represents ‘need’ and that’s not something I’m particularly comfortable with.  When it gets ahold of you though – don’t let go – no matter how many times you mess it up!”

Of the video, Ginsberg adds: “I was so inspired by John’s relationship to process and collaboration and wanted to mirror his approach to art in this video for ‘NOISE OF YOU,’ which John describes as a love song. Setting out to make a ‘moving’ portrait of John, we have mapped images and video of John’s life over his former home of New York City, creating a conversation between past and present, reflecting the way that distant, and sometimes dissonant, voices can reach across divides of space and time to speak their own language of love.”

In conjunction, Cale announces a UK/EU tour. Full dates are listed below and tickets are on sale now.

For nearly 60 years, or at least since he was a young Welshman who moved to New York and formed The Velvet Underground, Cale has been reinventing his music with inspiring regularity. Cale has always searched for new ways to explore old ideas of alienation, hurt, and joy; MERCY is the latest transfixing find of this unsatisfied mind. Once again, here is Cale, reimagining how his music is made, sounds, and even works. The engrossing, 12-track MERCY is the continuation of a long career’s work with wonder. MERCY moves through true dark-night-of-the-soul electronics toward vulnerable love songs and hopeful considerations for the future.

The writings and recordings that shaped MERCY piled up for years, as Cale watched society totter at the brink of dystopia. Trump and Brexit, Covid and climate change, civil rights and right-wing extremism—Cale let the bad news of the day filter into his lines, whether that meant contemplating the sovereignty and legal status of sea ice melting near the poles or the unhinged arming of Americans. As Cale considered these songs, he could hear other voices joining him, soon enlisting Laurel HaloSylvan EssoAnimal CollectiveActress and the aforementioned Weyes Blood, plus other brilliant musicians who climb inside Cale’s consummate vision of the world and help him redecorate there.

John Cale Tour Dates (Rescheduled Dates in Bold)
Mon. Feb. 6 – Liverpool, UK @ Philharmonic Hall
Wed. Feb. 8 – London, UK @ The Palladium
Fri. Feb. 10 – Bexhill-On-The-Sea, UK @ De La Warr Pavilion
Sat. Feb. 11 – Birmingham, UK @ Town Hall
Sun. Feb. 12 – Cambridge, UK @ Corn Exchange
Tue. Feb. 14 – Paris, FR @ Salle Pleyel
Thu. Feb. 16 – Karlsruhe, DE @ Tollhaus
Fri. Feb. 17 – Geneza, CH @ Festival Antigel
Sun. Feb. 19 – Frankfurt, DE @ Batschkapp
Mon. Feb. 20 – Dudelange, LU @ Centre Culturel Régional
Wed. Feb. 22 – Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso
Thu. Feb. 23 – Antwerp, BE @ De Roma
Sat. Feb. 25 – Hamburg, DE @ Kampnagel
Sun. Feb. 26 – Leipzig, DE @ Haus Auensee
Tue. Feb. 28 – Berlin, DE @ Verti Music Hall
Wed. Mar. 1 – Prague, CZ @ Archa Theatre
Thu. Mar. 2 – Vienna, AT @ Porgy & Bess
Sat. Mar. 4 – Wels, AT @ Stadttheater
Sun. Mar. 5 – Munich, DE @ Muffathalle


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