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Hey Ray - John Cale - EP: Extra Playful (CD)

For a good chunk of the past two years, Cale has been touring a front-to-back performance of his chamber-pop masterpiece Paris , the most enduring and beloved album amid his sprawling post- Velvet Underground discography.

Naturally, the process of revisiting a specific body of work night after night can't help but exert some influence on an artist's subsequent move, and Cale is no different.

Down in the Weeds is just the statement of grounding that we need as a respite from the churning chaos around us. William Wyler's Roman Holiday crosses the postcard genre with a hardy trope: Old World royalty seeks escape from stuffy, ritual-bound, lives for a fling with the modern world, especially with Americans.

The Flaming Lips' American Head is a trip, a journey to the past that one doesn't want to return to but never wants to forget. With the release of his seventh solo album, Late Night Laments , Tim Bowness explores global tensions and considers how musicians can best foster mutual understanding in times of social unrest.

It's much too stark. Burn, Piano Island, Burn. Share on. Love DiS? Girls Father, Son, Holy Ghost. There's a line on John Cale 's latest EP Extra Playful that seems to sum up his attitude to music, "You were hopefully looking for perfection".

It's something he seems to have been searching for during his half a decade as a recording artist, from his classical training to his more experimental rock. As he approaches the elder statesman age of 70, he certainly isn't calling off the search. Unlike some of his contemporaries who rely on their glory years to sustain their careers, Cale has instead continued to push forward, producing some of his best solo work in the last decade.

Extra Playful follows that trend; in the space of just 5 tracks he turns his attention to a variety of different styles, thereby delivering an ideal appetiser for a full-length album in It's a rallying cry against commercialism with one eye on the future, "say hello to the future and goodbye to the past, hurry up through the present and get there fast".

Cale also utilises his trademark piano sparingly here, instead using studio trickery and backing vocal loops to flesh out the track. The more sedate 'Whaddya Mean By That' uses many of the same musical elements to create a breezier pop track. The guitar solo here cross fades from one speaker to the next, while electronic drones populate a landscape that sounds almost dreamlike.

Extra Playful, an EP by John Cale. Released 19 September on Double Six (catalog no. DST; Vinyl 12"). Genres: Art Pop, Art Rock.

8 thoughts on “Hey Ray - John Cale - EP: Extra Playful (CD)”

  1. Yozshugami says:
    View credits, reviews, tracks and shop for the CD release of EP: Extra Playful on Discogs/5(2).
  2. Gronris says:
    release, a five track EP from the singer, songwriter, producer and Rock icon best known for his work with Velvet Underground. Extra Playful conceives and executes more great ideas in 21 minutes than most musicians do in 10 years. It's Art-Rock, but energized; fun, smart and sexy/5(3).
  3. Vuzuru says:
    Extra Playful is a EP by John Cale. The EP features 5 previously unreleased songs. Black Edition (released on Black Friday) contains two more extra Art rock, art pop.
  4. Nedal says:
    Nov 25,  · John Cale Format: Audio CD. out of 5 stars 3 ratings. See all 8 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions. Ep: Extra Playful by John Cale () Audio CD. $ Only 1 left in stock - order soon. Stand out track is 'Hey Ray', a bit of jollity that takes off from the Cuban Missile Crisis and cites Americans and /5(3).
  5. Fauk says:
    Oct 31,  · Hey Ray 4. Pile A L’Heure 5. Perfection. John Cale Extra Playful EP (Double Six; ) By Jonathan Wroble | 31 October Tweet. If Extra Playful—a five-song preview of an LP to come next year—is any indication, John Cale is aging in reverse. As the twenty-something sonic provocateur manning the eccentricities of the first two Velvet.
  6. Dagar says:
    Oct 06,  · John Cale's first release in six years is a playful EP teaser for a full-length coming in ; it finds him further exploring the deconstructed electronic productions and mechanized power pop.
  7. Jubar says:
    Buy EXTRA PLAYFUL EP by JOHN CALE. Available on: Vinyl 12" £, CD single £ Order online today and get FREE UK delivery on orders over £
  8. JoJojora says:
    Extra Playful is the first new material from Cale since 's Black Acetate, appearing ahead of a new album set for release in It ain't world changing, but it is hugely enjoyable; as playful as promised on tracks like 'Catastrofuk', where Cale's agenda is made crystal clear in the lyric "Say hello to the future, Say goodbye to the past"/5(9).

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