Jozef Van Wissem ‎– We Adore You, You Have No Name

[Reviewed by: Iaha Crax]

While Jozef Van Wissem is a trained musician and a figure known as to be one important lutinist, his compositions seem minimal and simple at first glance. One could easily be tempted to believe he hears Empyrium’s “Weiland” or another collection of medieval music collected by Jordi Savall, but in fact Van Wissem proves to be an achieved musician surpassing any comparison at least when it comes to lute playing.

Of the seven songs three of them are versions of older, baroque and medieval tunes, and withe the remaining four he was allegedly inspired by personal religious visions. Van Wissem is Dutch but he lives in Brooklyn, and his greatest reward was a Cannes prize for Soundtrack in 2013 (“Only Lovers Left Alive”, directed by Jim Jarmusch). And this album is out thanks to ConSouling Sounds label.

Adorable as they seem, his compositions are the effect of a so rare perception upon mankind, and upon the once essential connection with the divinity nowadays. Regardless, we still feel this kind of approach to our neighbour or rather tend to Lothar Schramm’s style (see the movie by Jörg Buttgereit), music helps us to understand reality and life’s movements in a different ways. “We Adore You, You Have No Name” works lovely for any charming evening in company of a good wine and friends (Martinis and misanthropy at request) while watching another music inspired masterpiece, the movie “Tous les Matins du Monde”, about the violin player Marin Marais.

Jozef Van Wissem ‎– We Adore You, You Have No Name
ConSouling Sounds, SOUL0119
CD/LP/Digital 2018

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