Best known as the enterprising fretless bassist of pioneering art-rock band Japan, Mick Karn formed the post-punk experimental unit Dali’s Car with Bauhaus frontman Peter Murphy. Their lone album, The Waking Hour was released in 1984, with a cover based on Maxfield Parrish’s painting Daybreak, uncannily similar to that used by The Moody Blues for The Present two years earlier.
Dali's Car: In Glad Aloneness
Poignant swansong from late, great bassist Mick Karn.
Sadly, Karn died of cancer last year, but his final work was, at Murphy’s behest, a reuniting of the project from which comes this five-track EP.
In Glad Aloneness is a fitting tribute to a great talent. Murphy’s Bowie-esque croon and Karn’s faultless bass lines are augmented by appearances from Fripp/Crimson alumni Theo Travis and Jakko Jacsyzk, and Japan’s own Steve Jansen. The album quietly builds through King Cloud and Artemis Rise to the ethnic bombast of Subhanallah, before a markedly poignant take on Brel’s If You Go Away – Karn’s favourite song – draws things to an emotional close.
Planned as a full album, this was tragically curtailed by Karn’s illness, which only emphasises how sad a loss the bassist’s passing was to the music world.