Upset the Rhythm‘s upcoming Spaghetti Tree weekender at the Bussey Building in Peckham has been a cause for excitement recently, featuring as it does a slew of really excellent acts. We’ll be putting together a more comprehensive preview in the coming weeks, but for now here’s a short showcase of a recent discovery that we’re really looking forward to seeing there: Ignatz.
This solo project of Belgian artist Bram Devens centres on a trad blues scale treated to layers of loops, effects and occasional drum machines to give it a creepy, otherworldly sound, somewhere between Ry Cooder, Mississippi John Hurt, Suicide and Yellow Swans. It’s psychedelic in an introverted way, singalong in a not-quite-there fashion and old-timey in a totally anachronistic manner. Riven with contradictions, but brilliant for it.
Here’s a short selection we’ve put together to give a feel for his breadth and beauty of output. Hope you enjoy.
Image is by the wonderfully ethereal landscape photographer Misha de Ridder.