Jozef Van Wissem: It is Time for You to Return LP (Crammed Discs, 2014)

November 30, 2014 at 10:11 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Jozef Van Wissem: It is Time for You to Return LP

Jozef Van Wissem: It is Time for You to Return LP

Newest album from prolific minimalist composer/lute player Jozef Van Wissem. This album expands on his hypnotic playing style by adding vocals (which, of course, are hypnotic and repetitive like his playing) and even some electronic beats/glitches on a couple tracks. “Love Destroys All Evil” chants “Love destroys all evil and frees us”. “Confinement” successfully introduces electronic blips and glitches, and even settles into a 4/4 beat. “You Can’t Take It With You” is the album’s most lyrical song, with echo-shrouded vocals singing about gathering your belongings because you can’t take them with you. “Temple Dance Of The Soul” has more thumping beats and glitches, and no vocals, and is even more rhythmic and quasi-danceable. “After We Leave” is a brief, slow, solemn piece which sort of reminds me of Low’s “Lullaby”. “Invocation Of The Spirit Spell” seems to be a little bit of a slower variation on the previous song, and features Jim Jarmusch on guitar and vocals by Lebanese singer Yasmine Hamdan.

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