Jim Jarmusch superfans have their fingers tightly crossed that 2019 will be the year we finally get eyeballs on the zombie movie he’s reportedly been working on with Bill Murray and Selena Gomez. A Cannes premiere may be in the offing, but before then you’ll be able to get your fix of the singular artist’s output through a different medium.
Jarmusch has announced a collaborative album with lute player Jozef van Wissem, entitled ‘An Attempt to Draw Aside the Veil’, due for release 8 February. While the pair have maintained an active partnership since a chance encounter on the street in 2006, each contributing to the other’s output (van Wissem’s haunting tones can be heard on the soundtrack to Only Lovers Left Alive), this marks their second proper joint effort after 2012’s ‘The Mystery of Heaven’.
Lead single ‘Concerning the White Horse’ has already been released, and you can listen to the track below in full. It’s a cacophony of creaks and other ambient wails that conjure images of nighttime loners and back alleys, though the press notes clarify that Jarmusch and van Wissem built the album around the writings of William Blake, Emanuel Swedenborg and Helena Blavatsky. It wouldn’t be a Jarmusch production without an obscure allusion or two.
The record is being released via indie imprint Sacred Bones, which has carved out a niche for itself as the premier platform for filmmakers’ musical side hustles. Jarmusch joins the ranks of David Lynch and John Carpenter, right at home among filmmakers as adroit with aural creep-outs as visual.
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