This CD is actually the first recording by the Danish Picture Ann, a parallel one-man project of Sagntid. "Blaspheme 2009" was released as a CD limited to 100 copies, but as the promo-version is a CD-R without artwork I cannot comment on how the physical album looks. The EP Cinema Screen Sadism was published some time after this full-length.
When compared with the later released EP, "Blaspheme 2009" presents Picture Ann in its less restrained and ambitious form. The base sound and instruments remain the same, but the songs now rely on repetitive melodies with minor electronic spicings without a lot of in-depth detail. The opening ten-minuter is already a great indicator for where the album's headed: a slow, harsh, vast and rather lo-fi guitar riff buzzes onwards throughout the song, with only some occasional synth-piano melody and calmly waving drone-ambience accompanying its calm journey. The piano-sound is just enough varied and often present to keep the song from becoming annoyingly repetitive, and thus helps it remain pleasing for its length despite the lack of structural variation.
The following three-minuter is built from a reverbed acoustic guitar melody taking the lead, with some calm background ambience creating a mellow atmosphere and crude electronic buzzes panning and waving in and out of sight to give the song some craracter. The somewhat lo-fi recording equipment has done the album's sound a lot of justice, as this song demonstrates. Songs three and four return to creating relaxed but rugged atmospheres with an electric guitar. "Closed Off Entirely" employs reverbed acoustic guitars and peculiarly squeaking synths to create some layering to the song, and the loud and low spoken vocals give the song a sudden disturbing twist. The vocals' volume level dominates the instruments, but as they're present rarely it doesn't matter too much. I just feel that they don't add a lot to the songs' moods or appeal otherwise than by providing a brief nudge to awake the listener from the soothing DIY-atmospheres.
"No One X Nothing" is somewhat similar, but employs rawer guitar distortion and more distinctive synth sounds, and it has a couple of really quiet and minimalistic synth-driven parts. I'm certain I've mentioned this before when reviewing the artist's various releases, but if you have an allergy for crude or cheap-sounding synths, their simple melodies on this album might be a bit too much for you to handle. The outro-song delivers a bit darker but still relaxing atmosphere through mid-pitch synths, instead of the other songs' dominantly high-pitched ones. It has some mysterious and spacey qualities in its sound, and thus serves as a suitable closer for the album.
If you want to enjoy some home-made atmospheres with a warm, airy and fuzzy soundscape, this CD is a good pick. The songs don't behave well in extensive listening due to their reliance on simplisticity and repetition, but the album has enough detail for to enjoy it fully every now and then. Not the best, most personal nor the most detailed album this artist is capable of crafting, but the songs' honesty and slightly introvert feel take them a long way. Perhaps that indeed is the best way I can summarize this album; not perfect, but humanly flawed and honest.