Ignatz – “Can I Go Home Now?” – [Fonal Records]
Proof that Finnish label Fonal Records isn’t exclusive to Finnish artists: Ignatz, psuedonym of Bram Devens, releases his fourth full studio album and his first with Fonal Records.
Dreamy, spaced-out blues folk comes alive through your speakers, shrill moans and driven rhythms, acoustic guitar noodlings looped behind riffs only found on the plantations of Neptune. Some fiddlework on a couple tracks, another few upbeat jumpy numbers, but the slow winding guitar wanderings keep this album interesting. The electronic manipulations in the background send you out past the stratosphere of imagination and leave you numb to it’s invasive intentions, but the familiarity of the blues at the core of the foreground gets your imagination moving.
Self-contemplative, like waiting at the train station at dusk as you listen to a distant guitar and the sound of a steady wind beat against the walls of your psyche.