Album Review: When Shall This Bright Day Begin by Jozef Van Wissem
Very Good, Based on 3 Critics
The 405 - 75 Based on rating 7.5/10
Head here to submit your own review of this album. In Jim Jarmusch's 2015 film Only Lovers Left Alive, Jozef Van Wissem's soundtrack stood up against the likes of Eddie Cochran, Charlie Feathers, and even Bach. Whether in a dark alley in Tangier with a blood-toting Tilda Swinton or a cramped Detroit apartment where Tom Hiddleston composed post-rock funeral dirges, the music filled in the claustrophobic cracks of the film's darkness.
Lutenist and minimalist composer Jozef Van Wissem has released close to a solo album a year since the turn of the century. His latest continues to demonstrate both the versatility of his instrument and its owner, while featuring guest vocals from frequent collaborator Zola Jesus. While the lute is often characterised as being a medieval or Baroque instrument, Van Wissem has no qualms about testing its limitations.
In an interview with the Quietus back in 2014, Jozef van Wissem claimed that his goal was to bring the magical sounds of the lute to a wider audience. And the missionary tone of that piece hinted that the lute has unlocked something in Van Wissem's creative psyche over the years. A steady stream of solo and collaborative LPs over the past decade or so - around two a year - is testament to that.