John Cale - POPtical Illusion

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Despite the album’s playful title, John Cale’s second album in just over a year still contains the same feelings of fierce and inquisitive rage that were present in 2023 album, ‘MERCY’. He remains angry, still incensed by the wilful destruction that unchecked capitalists and unrepentant conmen have hoisted upon the wonders of this world and the goodness of its people.

But this is not at all ‘MERCY II’, or some collection of castoffs, as, throughout his career of more than six decades, Cale has never been much for repetition. His vanguard-shaping enthusiasms have shifted among ecstatic classicism and unbound rock, classic songcraft and electronic reimagination with proud restlessness.

And so, on ‘POPtical Illusion’, he foregoes the illustrious cast to burrow mostly alone into mazes of synthesizers and samples, organs and pianos, with words that, as far as Cale goes, constitute a sort of swirling hope, a sage insistence that change is yet possible.

Produced by Cale and longtime artistic partner, Nita Scott, ‘POPtical Illusion’ is the work of someone trying to turn toward the future - exactly as Cale always has.

Available to independent retailers on neon orange coloured double vinyl LP in gatefold sleeve with printed inners and digital download card with CD-only tracks, ‘All To The Good’ and the CD version of ‘Shark-Shark’.