Nostalgia is a hell of a drug. No one in particular is renowned for that cliched statement, but when something is so universal, who cares who said it? And is there anything more nostalgia inciting than a blurry film, bursting with colours but aged just perfectly so that you know, it’s from a past which will never return. Het Jaarronde, a 1977 short film by Dutch amateur filmmaker Jan van Keulen is a picture perfect study of Dutch rural life. Filmed at an observer’s distance it, as the title states, follows the Netherland’s throughout the year. It’s not bombastic and grand like 1967’s John Fernhout film, Sky Over Holland. Instead it’s modest, even shy, as if afraid to document too much because to document means to acknowledge change and loss.
For the second time, Nous’klaer and The Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision’s RE:VIVE initiative have teamed up for a split 12″ featuring two new film scores of Nous’klaer staple, Mattheis and newcomer Ranie Ribeiro. Each artist was given half the film to compose for, resulting in two sonically disparate pieces that are emotionally twinned. Mattheis offers a lush, heart melting wave of pianos and synths and field recordings to appease his own inner-nostalgia, as the images struck an immediate chord with his childhood and youth in Goeree Overflakkee, South-Holland.
Ranie Ribeiro, known under his solo moniker for his slamming chopped beats and earlier club oriented releases as D-Ribeiro unveils his talents as a harpist for the first time. His work, is an encapsulation of a calm autumn day. A work in the present rather than a reflection on the past. But as the day fades into night, one can’t wish for it to stay, just a little bit longer, because who knows what tomorrow is going to bring?
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