The multi – talented Ann Margaret Hogan has announced the release of a new album on revered Birmingham independent imprint Downwards Records.
The first in a series of on going releases on the label over the next eighteen months or so, ‘Honeysuckle Burials’ was self produced and recorded last Summer in Studio Blue in Liverpool. Available digitally and on limited edition vinyl, the new long player features eight brand new tracks including lead single ‘Crimecity’ and was inspired by a collection of field recordings made in the Clywds in North Wales. The result is a beautifully crafted set of piano based solo compositions that see her effortlessly twist between melancholy and joyous elevation to great effect.
“I produced it in my own Studio Blue last summer after capturing field recordings made during extensive ‘hill and mountain’ walking in North Wales particularly in the Clywds. Although I used them sparsely, they inspired the album atmosphere and gave me visual focus. Pagan vibes, Neolithic mounds and Roman hillforts, the spine along the Clywds near part of Offas Dyke … so much inspirational nature…birdsong occupies and often dominates my daily musical intake anyway, so this gave me an opportunity to explore how this effects me emotionally and translating that thru my piano. It was all very abstract but it helped me find a way into producing the album. There were other factors imposing their will as always, but essentially natural elements infuse the core of each piece”.
Producer, musician and DJ Ann Margaret Hogan is probably better know as Anni Hogan a long time collaborator with Marc Almond who has worked with the singer on his Marc & The Mambas, The Willing Sinners and La Magia projects over the last thirty odd years. She has also played and recorded with a host of artists such as The The, Simon Fisher Turner, Barry Adamson,Yello, Jarboe,Zeke Manyika, Paul Weller and Nick Cave
The new album is the follow up to last years ‘Lost In Blue’, her take on dark cabaret and modern vaudeville, which was produced by Soft Cell’s Dave Ball and featured guest appearances from Wolfgang Flür (ex Kraftwerk), Gavin Friday (Virgin Prunes), Kid Congo (Gun Club, Cramps, Bad Seeds), Richard Strange (Doctors of Madness) and New York no wave icon Lydia Lunch.