Lyrically, where are you going?
“This is a weird one, because this time it was a lot more collaborative, lyrically. Normally one person would take the lead and maybe someone else would add an idea or two, but this time there was a lot of sitting around and passing bits of paper back and forth. But there’s no concept, really, just more miserable songs. There’s a track about the fallout of dementia, and dealing with that as the loved one of someone who’s got it and who may end up in that situation themselves. There’s tracks about being really fucking miserable and that internal struggle of depression and anxiety, and how you approach that. Almost the duality of how those feelings manifest, and balancing the true you and the negative self. And then there’s a track about robots taking over the world.”
Tell us about the artwork…
“We, in typical Conjurer fashion, couldn’t really agree on the art direction for ages, until we came across Jean Luc Almond, who is a French man from Milton Keynes. His style is he’ll take these muted backgrounds, and then do oil paintings on top of it. So we commissioned that, so we have the physical painting now, and we had it photographed to capture all the textures of the oils on it. He’s an artist who captured all of our imaginations. We wanted something that really captured all of the atmospheres of the record, and once we found him which took the longest time, it was easy to get something we were all happy with.”
Finally, give us the hard sell on the album…
“It’s, objectively, the best album anyone’s ever made. So that’s pretty cool.”
Páthos is due out on July 1 via Nuclear Blast.