RITH wrote:Pete, what I meant to say/ask: that's a beatiful looking record, and I see you designed the thing yourself. Where did you take the picture on the front cover?
Thanks very much! The picture is from Berwick-upon-Tweed on the Northumberland coast, when I visited in 2012. (In fact Anorak helped me choose it
as a destination: one more thing to be grateful to you for.)
Berwick isn't quite beautiful but it's interesting and full of surprises if you walk around it. Within five or ten minutes you'll see a nice touristy bit, a poky residential street, three magnificent bridges carrying people, road vehicles and the East Coast Main line across the Tweed estuary, some allotments, open grassland, an early 18th-century barracks, medieval fortifications, a football pitch, the North Sea.
One of the curious things is how little of the waterfront is accessible. The row of houses in the picture directly overlooks the estuary, but you can't get down to the water's edge because of a high wall. Part of the fortifications. (They were built to keep those pesky Scots out, apparently, which seems a bit daft considering they could just invade by land much more easily instead, and did exactly that about 14 times or something, I think.)
I was struck by that row of houses because they seemed to be empty but in good repair, rather than decrepit. This seemed unusual to me and gave a sense of foreboding, something austere and a little dark. So I took a photo. When I looked at it later on the computer it didn't seem to capture that atmosphere, so I just forgot about it for a bit. Some months later I was playing around with an imaging app on the new tablet I'd just bought, trying out its filters on random photos. That filter went on to that picture and I was stunned. The filter had recreated the mood of that moment perfectly with a sort of hyperreal quality which replaced everything missing in my rubbish photo.
I knew straight away that I was looking at my album cover. The effect of the filter made me think of those gorgeous, wistful East River Pipe sleeves (is that duotone, that effect?) when they were on Sarah... especially Goodbye California.
So I sort of designed it by accident really, or it designed itself. Which is quite useful when you're a lazy sod like me.
I bought the album in the heat at Indietracks, but this -right now- seems more the right season to listen to it.
Definitely! There was a significant mismatch between the mood of the album and the season of its release. I just wanted it out then cos I was playing Indietracks. But yeah, it's real rainy day music. Most of it isn't like my older stuff at all, is it?
Oh wait, I think these other ones are more duotone, aren't they?
Oooh, I really wanna listen to that now. Anyway, thanks for asking about the album Dennis! I dunno what people think of it, really.