Jozef Van Wissem & Jim Jarmusch
Jozef Van Wissem & Jim Jarmusch return with their second album within the bounds of 2012. The collaboration that began with a streetcorner meeting about a film score has blossomed into two albums of feedbacked glow and the unmistakable pluck of Van Wissem's lute. Gotta hand it to Jarmusch for his humility as he always claims they're pretty much Van Wissem's recordings and he just colors in the edges. Still that shading gives a pretty dark and grainy depth to the austere pluckings and circular phrasings. The album starts out with a clean bit of string work before really beginning to delve into the cigarette burns of noise that crumple the edges, and finally blossoming into a distorted bit of lute work that's far from the the traditional ren-faire connotations that often come attached to that instrument. The depth of degradation trades back and forth but the tone remains consistent throughout, with both artists never backing away from the gleaming edge of bleakness. It’s not your average Sunday morning record but its a good accompaniment to getting lost in a maze of thought or even occasionally trying to push a few down. Hell its on Sacred Bones and for some of you, I trust that's need enough to seek it out.
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