Former Velvet Underground member John Cale is now 80 years old, but his creativity seemingly has no expiration date. He just shared the animated video for his new song called “Night Crawling,” an ode to his time in 1970s New York City with David Bowie. Cale, in typical fashion, plays most of the instruments on the track, with additional drums by Deantoni Parks (Mars Volta) and backing vocals from frequent collaborator Dustin Boyer.
He released a statement along with the video stating:
“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.”
Watch the video below!