jozef van wissem
NOBODY LIVING CAN EVER MAKE ME TURN BACK
a work of gothic beauty, where cyclical lute melodies and ghostly overdubs return as a kind-of haunting outside of time and space.
The album is inspired by a Vanitas painting by the Belgian artist Cindy Wright, which is also the cover of the album. Van Wissem's lute arrangements sound fragile, his sparse vocals delicate, as if the vanity, the temporality and senselessness of everything has been rendered audible. the effect is a hypnotic and will appeal to those who like to immerse in Daniel higgs, grouper, six organs of admittance and roy Montgomery. “Airy delicate vocals and snatches of liturgical music convey the sense of slowed time. Gravitating towards melancholy, the soulful simplicity of Jozef’s monolithic canvas is immersive and contemplative…a powerful captivating album and one of Van Wissem’s purest works in a decade.” – mutual grimness