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Vol.3 (Okkultokrati)

HELLEBOU Sep 30th 2011
Books & Zines

Følger med en sjutommer med en helt ny eksklusiv, blytung OKKULTOKRATI-låt (for første gang med norske tekster), B-siden har et verk av forfatter/poet MATHIAS SAMUELSEN, begge innspilt på Hellebou-hytta i de dypeste skoger av Telemark. Limitert til 300 eks.

It was cold. It took us two days to heat up the thick timber walls. The water in the big plastic barrels, left behind by the cabin's last residents, did not melt during our stay. The ice was too thick. Our neighbor dug out a trail in the snow, so that we would not have to wade through it. None of us dared to sleep alone at night. It was too cold. It was too dark. Outside, the moon was reflected in the white and untouched snow. We stayed inside. It was the time of the year when the days were at their shortest. We were in a cabin, in the forest, in Telemark.

So describes Inger Wold Lund our very first winter residence, which took place during winter solstice. After three days in front of the fireplace, we were faced with four musicians from Oslo: Henning Yngel, Erik Svarte, Boris Leaf and Lars Dalen, otherwise known as Okkultokrati. They had been invited to the cabin for these particularly dark nights. Our living room turned into a music studio, and the cabin turned out to be too small. During summer we could have gone swimming in Lake Follsjø, or settled down in the woodshed for the night, but now we all wanted to stay inside. The cabin resonated with the rhythms of a distorted guitar, as some of us returned to the city. Later that winter, Katla (Jonas Ib. Jensen, Mathijs van Geest and Ånond Versto) rented a car. They drove from their studio in Bergen, over the Haukeli Mountains, to Hellebu, Helleberg, Telemark. Once again the timber walls needed heating, as Katla gathered material for their first artist book. One rainy weekend in June, when the days were at their longest, the cabin had one last visitor, writer Mathias Samuelsen. His stay in the cabin resulted in a reading. These are the makers of this year's Hellebou.

Hellebou is founded by Ellen Henriette Suhrke and Johanne Birkeland. Together they uphold a year-round artist residence, and maintain the cabin. Hellebou Vol. 3 was produced between December 2010 and September 2011.