Please tell us a few words about the new release, about the music on it as a whole or a few words on each track in part. How are you happy with the final release?
The latest release by PICTURE ANN is actually a reissue of the debut album, the one entitled “Blaspheme 2009”, only that it has been remastered and reinforced with three exclusive bonus tracks, one of which is a brand new track recorded in 2016. The songs are all pretty rough around the edges and very much inspired by early 90s black metal as well as dungeon synth music. Having said that, the music is somewhat experimental and even downright strange and unpleasant in places. I think the hypnotic songs named “Closed off Entirely” and “Hide and Seek, My Dear?” turned out really well, but the exclusive bonus track named “The Sign of the Cross Made Perfect” is also a favorite of mine. I am especially happy with the excellent remastering of the tracks, as they sound even more vibrant and organic than ever before.
How would you describe/label the music on it? Does it sound like anything we might have heard before?
You can definitely tell that Burzum inspired me when I wrote the songs, but also Black Sabbath, Forgotten Woods, and latter-day Ulver. Still, I do not think that PICTURE ANN sounds like a copy of any of the artists just mentioned. It is a strange and unhealthy mix of doom metal, experimental ambient, black metal, and awful dungeon synth.
Where was it recorded and how much time did it take you to record it? Any interesting stories from the recording/producing the material?
I recorded the whole album on a small 8-track recorder at home, and I love the rawness of it. Glitches and mistakes were kept in there. Totally honest and straight from the heart! It didn’t take me more than a few days to record it, but I only composed and recorded the stuff when I was in the proper (i.e. foul) mood to do so, which is to say that days and even weeks could pass between me working on the songs. Overall, I reckon that it was all recorded in a few days. There are no truly interesting stories associated with the recording of the album as such other than the fact that the songs were a result of one of the worst fucking times of my life.
What can you tell us about the cover artwork? Is there a link between the artwork and the lyrics? What are the topics of your lyrics?
The cover artwork depicts the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. It is one of my own photos that the talented owner of 9th Meridian Records whipped into shape and turned into something brilliant. The idea was to have a rather ominous and sinister-looking cover to go with the lyrical themes of the album, but given that my music focuses on and thematizes loneliness and longing it was also important for me to have a cover that depicts something very old, something that belongs to a bygone age. The lyrics primarily deal with loneliness and longing in different shapes and sizes, but also dark romantic literature in general, the enduring and timeless quality of the Jack the Ripper mystery, the beauty of nature, denial, despair, hopelessness, and countless other things that make life worth leaving.
What do you expect to gain through this release? What are the band's aims at the moment?
I hope that more people will pick up on what I consider to be one of the best albums that I have ever made. The CD release was limited to 100 copies, and by releasing it digitally in remastered form with a few bonus tracks I hope that all you moody suckers out there will check it out or simply revisit it in case you are already familiar with the original version. The band's aim at the moment is to finish and wrap up the recording and mixing of a rather ambitious EP-release that I wish to release in early 2017.
Is there a special format the material is released in? Or is it released in multiple formats? How many copies were pressed?
The original version is available on CD, but this new remastered version is only available digitally. I hope that it will released on CD and/or vinyl someday. Anyway, you can check the entire album out on Bandcamp, YouTube, Spotify, and the likes.
Where and how will you promote this new release?
By telling friends and associates about the release, organizing giveaways, e-mailing a shitload of webzines and magazines to inform them about the release, mailing promo copies to radio stations, and so on. Then there are all the different social/music-related platforms that I use to promote the release.
Where can we order it from?
Bandcamp! Head on over to http://floodgatemoodsproductions.bandcamp.com/album/blaspheme-2009-remastered-reinforced