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Ex Mortis

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Ex Mortis
Ex Mortis


The idea of Ex Mortis, or 'From Death', was key to this album. It is inscribed on the lute used to record this album, and refers to the renaissance of lute music as carried out by Van Wissem.The new compositions are inspired by 'The Book of Gostlye Grace', which was written by nuns in the convent of Helfta in the 1290's. It depicts an intense religious and even erotic desire to get closer to God. Playing around the dichotomy of eros and thanatos, Van Wissem paints a vivid and engrossing picture. He got the help from Jarboe, Nikolaj Komiagin and Thor to get his take on Ex Mortis come to full fruition. Jozef Van Wissem will extensively tour 2020 to promote Ex Mortis. NPR - "Ex Mortis, the umpteenth album by the experimental lute player and composer, excavates The Book of Gostlye Grace, an obscure text written by German nuns in 1290. Jarboe, an incredible vocal presence wherever she deems worthy, turns this meditative slow burn into an incantation." Vocals, Lutes, Electronic Beats by Jozef Van Wissem With Guests : Jarboe (Swans) Thor ( Swans) Nikolaj Komiagin (Shortparis).


  1. Name
  2. Concerning The Souls Of The Departed
  3. Vox Populi, Vox Dei
  4. Gnosis
  5. Ghostly Grace
  6. Consume The Sacrifice
  7. Cold Corpse
  8. The Word Incarnate Dwells Amongst Us
  9. You Are In Me And I Am In You, Eternally
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