Premiere: Jim Jarmusch & Jozef Van Wissem – “The Sun of the Natural World is Fire”Posted by Justin Spicer
Jim Jarmusch is rebel legend; a filmmaker and artist who won’t kowtow to expectation. Jozef Van Wissem may be a lesser known entity, but nonetheless equally qualified to share the rarified air of Jarmusch’s unending creativity.
It’s this vigor of reckless spirit that infects the duo’s collaboration, Concerning the Entrance into Eternity, to be released February 28th via Important Records. Van Wissem has taken the lute into territory that not even Gordon Sumner dares to trod, and with the aid of Jarmusch’s angst-ridden guitar, the pair re-imagines both instruments by employing the bare bones approach of their respective canons.
Concerning the Entrance into Eternity showcases its fair share of lute and guitar interplay, both weaving their own melodic tones together in rewarding exercises. But in the case of “The Sun of the Natural World,” Jarmusch picks up where Dead Man’s soundtrack left off. The Neil Young score of Jarmusch’s film was an angular, angry display of distorted drone and feedback and Jarmusch’s calculated strums return to the untamed bleakness of the film. Van Wissem’s repetitive phrases play foil; the droplets of hopeful rain amidst Jarmusch’s ebon storm clouds. It’s a ragged road to the gates of eternity, be thankful Jarmusch and Van Wissem are your guides.