December 4, 2012

The Daily Choice : Jozef Van Wissem & Jim Jarmusch – Etimasia


Jozef Van Wissem and film director Jim Jarmusch supposedly met on a street corner when the albino haired director was seeking a, er, different kind of sound for his upcoming, hah, “crypto-vampire film.” What came out of it was a musical relationship that’s lasted three records and a slew of oddly titled performance pieces. Van Wissem is a master lute player, while Jarmusch is an old school guitar player and the combination is like falling in to a downward trending abyss of emotional dissonance. Long droned out bits of guitar mesh with the wavering hum of lute, creating what sounds, not surprisingly, like the soundtrack for something experimental, black-and-white, and entirely unwatchable. In a good way.

Jozef Van Wissem & Jim Jarmusch’s new album The Mystery of Heaven is out now on Sacred Bones.


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