If you spent your teenage years like us, tripping out to the Velvet Underground while obstinately avoiding your parents in an angsty haze, you know that ex-Velvet Underground member John Cale is an amazing experimental songsmith.
Except, his recent standalone single, “All Summer Long,” is melodic, poppy, and kind of groovy. While we were prepared to hate it, it’s a perfect summer jam. Hence the name.
In an interview via Consequence of Sound, Cale talked about this new song “All Summer Long.”
“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…”
What do you think? Is it as awesome as all your teenage dreams?
–Nadia Noir, CBS Radio Los Angeles