Vinyl Double LP £16.49 ATPRLP52
180g vinyl 2LP on ATP Recordings inc. Jozef Van Wissem & SQURL.
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- Only Lovers Left Alive OST by Jozef Van Wissem & SQURL
After teasing us with a 12" sampler from this soundtrack, Jarmusch and co finally drop the whole thing on us, and it's just as tasty as anticipated. The tracks here are largely collaborations, and they mostly feature Jozef Van Wissem and/or SQURL, with six of the tracks being collaborations between the two, as well as a handful with SQURL on their own, one with Van Wissem solo, and guest appearances from Zola Jesus, Madeline Follin and Yasmine Hamdan. That sounds convoluted on paper, but the record rolls along quite intuitively and you never feel like you're listening to such a mishmash of contributors, with Follin's 'Funnel of Love' the only feature that really juts out.
Largely what we've got here is a mixture of SQURL's slow-drifting stoner churn replete with crackling trails of red-hot feedback and of course lots of Van Wissems timeless lute twinkles offsetting them at various points. It's a woozy, smoky, earthy sound, like people in a room playing instruments in a slow, dark and atmospheric way. I just listened to it all the way through, despite the fact I still have several reviews to do before the weekly mailout, and I enjoyed it very much.
10/10 Simon J McDonald 22nd December 2014
Very much a tale of two city, East blends with West, bonding as sisters with more similarities than differences. "Only Lovers Left Alive" works it's magic like a snake charmer, repetitious, hypnotic, dark and tantalising.
Side Detroit comes on like a biker mob rolling into a small town, all low hum muffle, pitched feedback and droll distortion. Always drawing you into its web, with small respites of thumbing bass and scenic garage.
Side Tangier kicks out with Yasmine Hamdan building to a vocal so final it stops your mind dead in its tracks. From here the album lends it's self to mirror Side Detroit but with an Eastern spice. Cascading harps and clasping chants, dreamlike and stoned.
It's a beautiful album alike the voice of a fallen angel. If we where to talk of the devils music, forget Alice Cooper and rock n roll this is more akin to the tracks the devil would lay down.
The packaging complements the album exquisitely. From the reversible covers and retro cluttered images thru to the blood red vinyl.
A collectors piece, to be played not stored.
9/10 Arnold Klous 25th May 2014
I saw Jozef van Wissem live before the film ' Only Lovers Left Alive' was shown in the theater. It is a great musician. A very dark but also very friendly man in person!
Beautiful, but a bit strange, music for relaxation.
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