Boomkat Product Review:
Quite possibly, nay, definitely the world’s coolest renaissance and baroque lute player, Jozef Van Wissem teams up with Zola Jesus for a quietly arresting follow-up to his Cannes Soundtrack Award-winning score to Only Lovers Left Alive (2013).
Housed in a jacket with artwork that looks like stills from another, as yet unmade movie, When Shall This Bright Day Begin retains some of its predecessor’s cinematic potential, and collaborators, but trimmed down and distilled with a gothic pop essence to form a distinctive pearl in his unique catalogue.
As proved with their previous In Tempulum Dei collaboration, Zola Jesus provides the perfect foil to Van Wissem’s range, most effective in the hypnotic, folkwise simplicity of Ruins and to much subtler, spectral effect arcing above his strings in To Lose Yourself Forever Is Eternal Happiness, whilst the man himself makes relatively rare use of his own vox, ululating and dubbed-out over the cobwebby figures of You Can’t Remain Here and as some funereal pop singer in Detachment.
Again, we’re spellbound by this guy’s talents, and of those he chooses to work with.