Boomkat Product Review:
Harvesting his artist name from the 1910 George Herriman cartoon 'Krazy Kat', Ignatz is here transformed from a brick-wielding mouse into Bram Devens static-buffered alter-ego. Packaged in a fancy fold-out case, 'Ignatz' is an initially baffling affair; wherein Devens takes relatively traditional folk and delivers it acoustically, before fucking over the fragile compositions with rasping tides of interference-primed effects. Using this noir soundscape as a masking device, Devens is able to present a level of experimentation and (presumably) improvisation that sidesteps mind-numbing tedium in favour of exhilarating sonic travails, as demonstrated on the opening 'Rebound From the Cliff'. Delivered in what sounds like Pidgin English, Devens transforms a conventional slice of lo-fi lyricism into a hypnotic mantra, accompanied by growths of sparkling instrumental flourishes and a waxy shawl of edible static. Hmmmm. Juxtaposing this immediately, 'Echo All Acoustically Correct' is a bare-boned coalition of acoustic guitar, echo-fed interruptions and a drizzle of background interference that is a joy to experience, whilst 'The Radiant Sheen' instils southern menace into its thrumming Blues heart. With all the tracks recorded in just one take (a towering achievement we assure you), 'Ignatz' captures the moment of creation like a mosquito in amber.