Jim Jarmusch & Jozef Van Wissem: "The Sun of the Natural World is Pure Fire"

Sigur Rós meets Sunn O)))?  Ambient noise and ethereal folk music.

Filmmaker Jim Jarmusch and artist Jozef Van Wissem are releasing an album called The Mystery Of Heaven via Sacred Bones.  "Ths Sun of the Natural World is Pure Fire" is its first single. 



All info comes courtesy of Life or Death PR & Management.

JOZEF VAN WISSEM & JIM JARMUSCH ANNOUNCE THE MYSTERY OF HEAVEN DUE NOVEMBER 13TH ON SACRED BONES

WATCH THE EPIC MUSIC VIDEO FOR "THE SUN OF THE NATURAL WORLD IS PURE FIRE" AT PITCHFORK

SELECT TOUR DATES TBA

Acclaimed avant-garde artist, Jozef Van Wissem and American auteur Jim Jarmusch are pleased to announce their 2nd LP, The Mystery Of Heaven, due November 13th on Sacred Bones. The album will feature a special guest and will build off their previous work, continuing to explore life after death. A couple select tour dates are in the works and will be announced later.

Today, Pitchfork premiered a long-form music video for "The Sun of the Natural World is Pure Fire". The track is off their 1st collaborative album, Concerning the Entrance Into Eternity. The video was directed by Diego Barrera - the video is a mediation on the afterlife. In Barrera's words:

"I've written a story in a way that its development would be fluid, a structure that would relate with the basic concept of the videoclip, the movement of water (and union of other elements, fire's radiance in water when the soul heals). A relationship after death, where the dimension or posthumous world presents itself with water, which is the environment where the two main characters have contact, one of them is the personification of a wound that is reopened which attracts and at the same time scares away, we pretend to sweeten it or violently try to make it disappear. The solution or healing that I propose is through balance, or at least what that word means to me, I connect the relationship between these two (or one character, depends how you want to perceive it) with Hermaphroditus in Greek mythology, Ovid tells in his "Metamorphoses" that Aphrodite's and Hermes's son from great beauty attracted a water nymph's attention, she was called Salmacis. So great was her obsession for the beautiful lad that once she had him in her arms (which were water, all her body was liquid) she pleaded to the Gods to never separate them, and her wish was granted, the equilibrium."

ABOUT JOZEF VAN WISSEM & JIM JARMUSCH

Jim Jarmusch and Jozef Van Wissem met on the streets of New York in 2006. They shared a lot of interest and background so a collaboration and a friendship was born. Jarmusch was looking to have Van Wissem compose a score for a film he had been trying to make for years, what he described as a "crypto-vampire film" about two lovers, outsider types who have been in love for hundreds of years. Van Wissem's work comes from a tradition of avant-garde minimalism and lends itself well to the director's stark cinematic works. Jarmusch has played guitar in bands on and off since the late '70's. Van Wissem's compositional style involves hypnotic circular musical phrases that allow for a lot of contemplative space between the notes.

Their first live performance was in Issue Project Room in Brooklyn in October 2011, where they appeared together for a Van Wissem curated concert program called "New Music for Early Instruments". The idea for their first album,
Concerning the Entrance Into Eternity (Important Records) developed from their live performance. Jarmusch has said that he considers these songs as Van Wissem's compositions, and sees himself as someone filling in the background to Jozef's foreground, like the "scenic" on a film shoot, the one who paints the backdrops. "The sound of the lute is as bright as the sun, a beautiful red color and my stuff sounds sort of like the moon, more like blue, like mercury."

TOUR DATES

09/10 - New York, NY - Le Poisson Rouge (solo Jozef Van Wissem)
09/30 - Louisville, KY - Cropped Out Festival (solo Jozef Van Wissem)
10/04 - Brooklyn, NY - Issue Project Room (solo Jozef Van Wissem)

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