Jozef Van Wissem

The Joy That Never Ends


imprec329   CD,/LP


First 100 LPs shipped are on white vinyl

Brand new full length CD/LP from acclaimed contemporary compser & Lutenis Jozef Van Wissem. Incuded among these palindromic trance pieces are new compositions are contributions from film maker Jim Jarmusch and vocalis Jeanne Madic. CD version includes a bonus track. Between the CD & LP are split a pare of pieces working in the theme of maternity/paternity. LP pressed in an edition of 500.

The Joy that Never Ends offers endless cinematic repetition of tortuously minimal beauty in five layered mirror image compositions from the "sublime
master of the lute," Jozef Van Wissem. Unlike his last album, Ex Patris (IMPREC267), Wissem is not alone. Featured here are waves of subtle guitar feedback meandering from the amplifier of filmaker Jim Jarmusch & vocals from Jeanne Madic.

 

TRACK LISTING

CD:
the joy that never ends
his is the ecstasy
concerning the beautiful human form after death
concerning the precise nature of truth
the hearts of the daughters are returned to their mothers
the great joy (bonus track)

LP:
the joy that never ends
his is the ecstasy
concerning the beautiful human form after death
concerning the precise nature of truth
the hearts of the sons are returned to their fathers

REVIEWS

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The Wire

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Musique Machine

Big Takeover:

"I'll state it bluntly: I haven't reviewed an album of instrumental music played on a Baroque 24-string lute before. If that disqualifies me, so be it. Yet in Van Wissem's hands it's a gorgeous instrument.  This is a solo recording, and the emphasis is on the instrument--you can hear clearly each pluck of a string. the instrument necessarily gives this music an old-world feeling, but his compositions are progressive. They are tuneful, but repeat and weave together melody lines in a mystical way, as the pieces move forward while walking in place. For example: "Amor Fati (Love Is a Religion)", which keep starting over again where it left off.  All of the music is like this--powerful in the impact of each sound, but there's a compelling journey underway."

 

All Music Guide:

Jozef Van Wissem
The Joy That Never Ends
Important
329
2011
***

There are lots of composers out there, and more than a few lutenists, but
very few people still alive today who are both‹and even fewer who write
contemporary music for that ancient instrument. Jozef Van Wissem is one of
those very few, and on this album he plays six original compositions on a
thirteen-course baroque lute. In the past he has written and performed
music for lute and electronics, but here he is accompanied only by the
occasional electric guitar of filmmaker Jim Jarmusch and the mumbled
vocals of Jeanne Madic. The titles of the pieces and the lyrics sung by
Madic are taken or adapted from the Revelations of Divine Love of
14th-century mystic Julian of Norwich, and the music itself tends to be
rather minimalist: lots of repetitive arpeggiated figures, sometimes
consisting of overdubbed parts. This is the kind of music that treads a
fine line: the longest track at over sixteen minutes, "The Hearts of the
Daughters Are Returned to Their Mothers" is also the least interesting
despite its attractive layering of lute parts. On the other hand, "The Joy
That Never Ends" weaves a lovely tapestry of contrapuntal but harmonically
static lines, underneath which Madic seems to be whispering "Tout ira
bien" (which would be a French translation of Julian's most famous
aphorism, "All shall be well"). "His Is the Ecstasy" is very pretty and
would have been even prettier if the lute had been more carefully tuned.
The album's final track, "The Great Joy," is the most successful despite
also being its most starkly minimalist. On this piece, chords fall in
thick, dark dollops leavened by occasional single-line departures that
crawl modally along unpredictable melodic paths. The Joy That Never Ends
is an uneven pleasure, but a significant one.

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