Ignatz is the alter-ego of Bram Devens. With an acoustic guitar and a few effects, he creates his very own style of improvisation-inspired Euro blues.
In 1910, the illustrator George Herriman created the Krazy Kat comic strip. Ignatz, a vicious mouse, was Krazy Kat’s arch enemy, and his favourite pastime was to throw bricks at Krazy Kat’s head (who misinterpreted the mouse’s actions as declarations of love). Belgian artist Bram Devens uses Ignatz as his alter-ego, and comes armed with his own pile of bricks; sparse, emotive songs born of the human condition, wrapped in effects, corroded by tape, driven forth by improvisation and spontaneity.
Ignatz’s songs stem from a familiar stripped folk framework, with Devens’ delivery recalling the louche primitivism of V.U. or Henry Flynt – but these songs sound inverted, cast adrift, their cool touch belying a stymied heat beneath the surface. Where Devens’ fretwork is adorned, it is executed with a refined coarseness. Autonomous loops entwine each other. Songs brush past percussion, bass notes, or a scant keyboard motif. A voice recedes from the heart of the song into a dislocated, cracked drawl.
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Innercity is the solo project of Belgian experimental musician Hans Dens.
Palmovka is a project by Lucia Udvardyová who hails from the Slovakian-Hungarian borderlands. She makes improvised electronics using field recordings and custom-made hardware. Besides being a musician Lucia is also very active in promoting music. She co-founded the blog Easterndaze and the label Baba Vanga for mapping and releasing experimental music from Eastern and Central Europe. Her radio shows have been broadcast by Resonance FM and Czech Radio, and her writing has been published by Dazed, The Quietus, and Electronic Beats. She also works for SHAPE (Sound, Heterogeneous Art and Performance in Europe), a festival initiative that promotes innovative and aspiring musicians and interdisciplinary artists.
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