Music Reviews

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Artist: JOZEF VAN WISSEM
Title: Objects in mirror are closer than they appear
Format: CDS (CD Single)
Label: Bvhaast (@)
Distributor: Toondist
Rated: *****
The list of instruments includes lute, field recordings and electronics (lute is the dominant one), it may appear explicit but it doesn't say everything. With a cover like that, the obvious conclusion is this cd could be filed under classical/traditional music, sure, Jozef Van Wissem talks about classical studies in the booklet, but that's a reactualization of classical music and it's also full of grace. These "palindrome" pieces (which sounds the same played forwards and backwards) sometimes are really severe but every once in a while are twisted and their medieval (?) root becomes almost "contemporary-solo-performing". I imagine all of you are left wondering what the hell is this: "contemporary-solo-performing"...mmm...I'd say with that "self-made neologism" I just wanted to classify all that performers like Ikue Mori, Zeena Parkins, Augusto Parra, Fred Frith (just to name a few) that in some of their solo records have a learned style to which this musician is pretty close. Van Wissem's music has this strong classical accent but is also brilliantly mixed with an odd/abstract feel. Despite the obvious differences these litanies can be compared to those of Amber Asylum (except for songs of "sex and death") if it was not for the fact they have a different line up and they also sound darker. The title betrays a use of field recordings and electronics that by the way is really light, notwithstanding that "Objects in mirror are closer than they appear" is fresh and incredibly inspired. If the guys at Neurot recorings could have the chance to give a listen to this cd, I'm sure Van Wissem would appear in the guest musicians of the next Neorosis or Von Till/Kelly's solo. I suggest this record to many kind of listeners, including those with a strong goth taste, but it could be an interesting experience for many kind of music lovers. Recommended.



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