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Secret Quarters Records is a Norwegian independent record and production label. With offices based in Oslo, the label relies heavily on in-house recording and post-production studios while maintaining tight linkages with external graphic designers and pressing plants - all stationed in close geographic proximity. This facilitates both effective communication and high-end solutions at minimal transaction costs, making sure that the artist and music always receives the greatest priority. Whereas the initial Secret Quarters Records releases (2011) featured doom/gothic metal and folk-oriented acts (Omit, Havnatt, Vagrant God), the label adheres not so much to a predefined profile as an eclectic approach to art in general. Hence, engaging in projects of various styles will always be of interest, given that the feeling is right and that quality speaks for itself.

Secret Quarters Records is currently working with the following bands/projects (in alphabetical order):

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Secret Quarters Records can be contacted in a number of ways, so chose your favourite method of communication from the list below:

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Who are the Secret Quarters Records people?

Secret Quarters Records is run by (in alphabetical order):

  • Cecilie Langlie
  • Kjetil Ottersen
  • Tom Simonsen

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Episode #3 by Dævvskævv

Releases 8 AUGUST 2017

Dævvskævv Episode #3

This is the third episode in Dævvskævv’s episodic series of releases, wherein each episode creates its own, tiny musical universe. This is also Dævvskævv’s third release in the span of just one year.

Dævvskævv has been known to take pride in their motto of “no regard for genre or genre boundaries”, and as such this episode certainly represents something different when compared to previous releases. As for genres contained in this one, the range is perhaps narrower, with Dævvskævv focusing on electronic and synth based music, much of it recorded to analog tape. One might sum it up as a meeting of electronica, dance music, the alternative and the avant-garde - with a few orchestral elements thrown in for good measure.

Dævvskævv is Cecilie Langlie and Tom Simonsen.

All tracks composed, arranged and produced by Tom Simonsen.

Musicians:
Cecilie Langlie: Vocals.
Tom Simonsen: Guitars, various synths, one particularly inexpensive keyboard, tape machines, digital drums and programming.
Mira Ursic: Violins.

Cover artwork and Dævvskævv logos by Tom Simonsen.

© 2017 Dævvskævv.
Recorded, mixed and mastered by Tom Simonsen at the Secret Quarters studios.
Released by Secret Quarters Records.


Episode Two by Dævvskævv

Released 1 JANUARY 2017

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No regard for genre or genre boundaries. Pop meets metal meets avant-garde meets whatever. This time some chip music is also thrown in there for good measure.

Episode Two is the second (You don’t say?) release from this new and alternative project from Cecilie Langlie (Havnatt, Omit, Skumring, Vagrant God) and Tom Simonsen (Havnatt, It's the End, Omit, Skumring, Vagrant God). The accompanying artwork gives you the second episode of the ダッブスカッブちゃん manga, chronicling the adventures of the Dævvskævv mascot character and protagonist.

Dævvskævv is Cecilie Langlie and Tom Simonsen.

All tracks composed and arranged by Tom Simonsen.

Musicians:
Cecilie Langlie: Vocals.
Tom Simonsen: Growl vocals, guitars, bass, synths, percussion and programming.
Mira Ursic: Tons of violin overdubs.
Rosamund Brown: Tons of cello overdubs.
SQV Wind Ensemble: Wind instruments.
Pär Küsjoun: Drums.

ダッブスカッブちゃん manga by Yasuyo Fujimoto.
Cover artwork by Stian Jartung.
Dævvskævv logos by Tom Simonsen.

© 2017 Dævvskævv.
Recorded, mixed and mastered by Tom Simonsen at the Secret Quarters studios.
Released by Secret Quarters Records.


Havnatt Triple Pack by Havnatt

Released 25 NOVEMBER 2016

Havnatt Triple Pack

This is your chance to get Havnatt's brand new Heimferd album, their critically acclaimed album Etterlatte and their legendary Havdøgn EP for just €29,99, including shipping to where ever you might be on the planet!

This CD bundle is only available for sale through the Secret Quarters Records webshop. Just use the Buy Now button to make your order.


Heimferd by Havnatt

Released 15 NOVEMBER 2016

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Heimferd is the full length album follow-up to Havnatt’s critically acclaimed album entitled Etterlatte (2013). This time, the duo of Cecilie Langlie and Tom Simonsen employ a larger studio orchestra to achieve the sound they are seeking.

The CD version comes with an 8 page booklet containing reprints of all of Tormod Skagestad’s texts used for this release. Texts reprinted with permission from the Skagestad family.

Musicians:
Cecilie Langlie: Vocals.
Tom Simonsen: Guitars, bass, upright bass, drums, percussion and programming.
Mira Ursic: Lots of violin overdubs.
Rosamund Brown: Lots of cello overdubs.
SQV Wind Ensemble: Wind instruments.
Pär Küsjoun: Various percussion.

Composed by Havnatt.
Arranged and produced by Tom Simonsen.
Lyrics by Tormod Skagestad.

Recorded, mixed and mastered by Tom Simonsen at the Secret Quarters studios.
Released by Secret Quarters Records.
Artwork by Robert Høyem.
Design by Tom Simonsen.


Episode One by Dævvskævv

Released 29 JUNE 2016

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Episode One is the first release from this new and alternative project from Cecilie Langlie (Havnatt, Omit, Skumring, Vagrant God) and Tom Simonsen (Havnatt, It's the End, Omit, Skumring, Vagrant God).

With no regard for genre or genre boundaries, Cecilie and Tom write what ever they feel like for the Dævvskævv project. Episode One provides the first glimpse into what this actually means - with more episodes and glimpses to follow in the near future.

LET ME KNOW written by Cecilie Langlie and Tom Simonsen.
THE LEG MONSTER REMAKE / OTHER TERESA and REVISED EXPECTATIONS FOR TWO PIANOS AND MIDDLE OF THE ROAD METAL BAND written by Tom Simonsen.
All arrangements by Tom Simonsen.

Musicians:
Cecilie Langlie: Vocals.
Tom Simonsen: Vocals, guitars, basses, pianos, synths, percussion and programming.
Mira Ursic: Tons of violin overdubs.
SQV Wind Ensemble: Wind instruments.
Pär Küsjoun: Drums.

ダッブスカッブちゃん manga by Yasuyo Fujimoto.
Cover artwork by Stian Jartung.
Dævvskævv logos by Tom Simonsen.

Dævvskævv is Cecilie Langlie and Tom Simonsen.

© 2016 Dævvskævv.
Recorded, mixed and mastered by Tom Simonsen at the Secret Quarters studios.
Released by Secret Quarters Records.


Spor I Snø by Havnatt

Released 01 JUNE 2016

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Spor I Snø is a single from the upcoming album entitled Heimferd. The single has been named after Tormod Skagestad’s poem with the same name, first published in the collection of poems entitled Havdøgn.

Havnatt is Cecilie Langlie and Tom Simonsen.

Musicians:
Cecilie Langlie: Vocals.
Tom Simonsen: Guitars, percussion and programming.
Rosamund Brown: Lots of cello overdubs.
SQV Wind Ensemble: Wind instruments.
Pär Küsjoun: Various percussion.

Composed by Havnatt.
Arranged and produced by Tom Simonsen.
Lyrics by Tormod Skagestad.

© 2016 Havnatt.
Recorded, mixed and mastered by Tom Simonsen at the Secret Quarters studios.
Released by Secret Quarters Records.
Photo and artwork by Tom Simonsen.


De Glemte Tider (Remastered) by Skumring

Released 11 NOVEMBER 2015

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"Ten years have passed since the release of Skumring's debut album De Glemte Tider on Aftermath Records. Here at Secret Quarters Records, we still get a lot of questions about this release, and since it has been sold out for years, we figured that it was about time to do a re-release of this doom metal gem. And why not give it a remaster while we’re at it, just to subtly fix some of the audio issues with the original low budget version.

Kjetil Ottersen took on the task of doing the remaster, and I think the result sounds quite a lot better than the release from 2005. I hope you’ll enjoy listening to it."

- Cecilie Langlie, September 2015

All music composed and performed by Skumring.
Original recordings made in 2004. © 2004 Skumring.

Remastered by Kjetil Ottersen at the Secret Quarters Studios, August 2015.
Photos and artwork by Tom Simonsen, August 2015.

The CD version comes with a 12 page booklet.


Medusa Truth Part 1 by Omit

Released 26 NOVEMBER 2014

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Intended to be the first part of an album series, Medusa Truth Part 1 is also the follow-up release to Omit's ambitious, critically acclaimed debut double album entitled Repose (released by Secret Quarters Records in 2011).

The title of the album was inspired by the following passage from The Mutiny of the Elsinore by Jack London: "The profoundest instinct in man is to war against the truth; that is, against the Real. He shuns facts from his infancy. His life is a perpetual evasion. Miracle, chimera and to-morrow keep him alive. He lives on fiction and myth. It is the Lie that makes him free. Animals alone are given the privilege of lifting the veil of Isis; men dare not. The animal, awake, has no fictional escape from the Real because he has no imagination. Man, awake, is compelled to seek a perpetual escape into Hope, Belief, Fable, Art, God, Socialism, Immortality, Alcohol, Love. From Medusa-Truth he makes an appeal to Maya-Lie."

Omit members/musicians on Medusa Truth Part 1
Cecilie Langlie: Vocals
Kjetil Ottersen: Keyboards and programming
Tom Simonsen: Guitars, keyboards, bass and programming

All tracks composed and performed by Omit.
Orchestral arrangements and drums programming by Tom Simonsen.
Recorded, mixed and mastered by Tom Simonsen at the Secret Quarters Studios.
Artwork, designs and photos for Medusa Truth Part 1 by Tom Simonsen and Cecilie Langlie.


Omit Double Pack by Omit

Released 26 NOVEMBER 2014

Omit - Double Pack

The CD versions of Omit's Medusa Truth Part 1 album and their legendary debut double album Repose, in one package for just €20.

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Sophia by Vestige of Virtue

Released 01 OCTOBER 2014

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Vestige of Virtue is a trio consisting of Kjetil Ottersen, Frode Forsmo and Shaun Winter Taylor-Steels. Based in a melancholic core of gothic doom metal, the debut album Sophia derives from styles of both contemporary and archaic origin as it extends into chamber music, liturgical passages, movements inspired by Viennese classicism and occasional elements of musique concrète. The aim being a dialogue between the modest and the dramatic; the mellow and the powerful; an interplay led by Forsmo's salient baritone.

The limited CD version has been sold out.


Søvn I September by Havnatt

Released 01 SEPTEMBER 2014

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This is Havnatt's first release since the critically acclaimed Etterlatte album (2013). This single features the largest orchestral arrangement that the Norwegian duo has written and recorded this far. The track also serves as a taste of what's in store for future releases.

Dedicated to Annika Becker.

Havnatt is:
Cecilie Langlie - Vocals
Tom Simonsen - Guitars, piano and orchestral arrangements

Composed by Havnatt.
Produced by Tom Simonsen.
All lyrics by Tormod Skagestad.

Recorded, mixed and mastered by Tom Simonsen at the Secret Quarters studios.

Illustrations and design by Robert Høyem.

The limited CD version has been sold out.


Etterlatte by Havnatt

Released 15 AUGUST 2013

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The Etterlatte album builds upon the foundation that Havnatt created with their Havdøgn EP (2012). All lyrics are still the unedited works of Norwegian author Tormod Skagestad. Largely based upon Cecilie Langlie's vocal performances and the acoustic guitar arrangements by Tom Simonsen, the sound is still unique, Havnatt-esque neofolk/dark folk. With Etterlatte the sound is also further expanded through larger musical arrangements that include piano, clarinets, violins and cellos, among others.

The CD version of the album comes with a beautifully crafted 28 page booklet with hand drawn illustrations for each of the tracks. Tormod Skagestad's original lyrics have also been reprinted in the booklet with permission from the Skagestad family.

Havnatt is:
Cecilie Langlie - vocals
Tom Simonsen - guitars, bass, piano, drums

Session musicians:
Mira Ursic - violins
Rosamund Brown - cellos
Tiina Granum - clarinets

All tracks composed, arranged and produced by Havnatt.
All lyrics by Tormod Skagestad.

Recorded, mixed and mastered by Tom Simonsen at the Secret Quarters studios.

Album illustrations and design by Robert Høyem.


Havnatt Double Pack by Havnatt

Released 15 AUGUST 2013

Havnatt Double Pack

This is your chance to get both Havnatt's Etterlatte album and their legendary Havdøgn EP for just €15,99, including shipping to where ever you might be on the planet!

This CD bundle is only available for sale through the Secret Quarters Records webshop. Just use the Buy Now button to make your order.


Var Je Solblesten (Single version) by Havnatt

Released 25 SEPTEMBER 2012

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Var Je Solblesten" is a single taken from Havnatt's album entitled Etterlatte. The album was still in the making at the time of this single's release. This version of Var Je Solblesten was created specially for this digital distribution only single release, and it's significantly different from the album version.

Havnatt is:
Cecilie Langlie - vocals
Tom Simonsen - guitars and bass

All tracks composed, arranged and produced by Havnatt.
All lyrics by Tormod Skagestad.

Recorded, mixed and mastered by Tom Simonsen at the Secret Quarters studios.

Illustrations and design by Robert Høyem.


Vagrant God by Vagrant God

Released 05 SEPTEMBER 2012

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Vagrant God is the result of a Gothic metal album commissioned back in 2007 by a now defunct record label. The stipulations were clear: melodic-yet-heavy songs carrying traditional Gothic textures, propelled by catchy chorus parts and primarily female vocals. Needless to say, the project was unfortunately never brought to fruition due to the label's unexpected disbanding, and the material for the self-titled album was eventually shelved - for five years. The reason for returning to the album now is, above all, to give it a proper closure, but also to make it officially available to all of those who have solicited it ever since its embryonic stages.

Vagrant God is constituted by the very same line-up featured in the doom metal outfit Omit, and exhibits as such a markedly different approach to melancholic music than what is the case with Omit's debut Repose.

The original mixes from 2008 were remastered for this release.

Vagrant God is:
Cecilie Langlie - vocals
Tom Simonsen - vocals
Kjetil Ottersen - guitars, synths, bass, programming

Recorded and mixed by Kjetil Ottersen and Tom Simonsen (2008). Mastered by Kjetil Ottersen (2012).

Album illustrations and design by Robert Høyem.


Secret Quarters Triple Pack by Havnatt, Omit, Vagrant God

Released 05 SEPTEMBER 2012

The Secret Quarters Triple Pack

Introducing the Secret Quarters Triple Pack. This is a bundle containing the CD versions of Havnatt's Havdøgn EP, Omit's Repose double album and Vagrant God's self-titled album. All three releases at the price of €29.99, including worldwide shipping. That's €12 off the regular price!

This CD bundle is only available for sale through the Secret Quarters Records webshop. Just use the Buy Now button below.


Havdøgn by Havnatt

Released 15 FEBRUARY 2012

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Havnatt re-releases their until now very-hard-to-get-a-hold-of debut EP entiteled "Havdøgn", originally self-released back in the spring of 2006. The release has been completely remixed and remastered for this release. And then a couple of completely new tracks have been added...

Havnatt is:
Cecilie Langlie - vocals
Tom Simonsen - guitars and pianos

All tracks composed, arranged and produced by Havnatt.
All lyrics by Tormod Skagestad.

Recorded, mixed and mastered by Tom Simonsen at the Secret Quarters studios.

Photos and design by Tom Simonsen.


Repose by Omit

Released 01 SEPTEMBER 2011

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Omit's long awaited and ambitious debut double album entitled Repose finally gets its release on Secret Quarters Records.

Omit is a melodic doom metal band based in Oslo, Norway, comprised of vocalist Cecilie Langlie (Skumring, Havnatt, Vagrant God), Tom Simonsen (Skumring, Havnatt, It's the End, Vagrant God) on guitars and bass and Kjetil Ottersen (Diagnostic, Vagrant God) on guitars and keyboards.

The band was founded by Cecilie, Kjetil and Tom in 2009. The recording of Omit's debut double album, entitled Repose, was completed in 2010. This album was released by the Secret Quarters Records on September 1, 2011. Subsequently, the album has been highly acclaimed by doom metal fans all over the world, and it has received a wealth of good reviews.

Omit is:
Cecilie Langlie - vocals
Tom Simonsen - guitars, bass, orchestral arrangements, programming.
Kjetil Ottersen - guitars, synths, programming.

Session musicians:
Mira Ursic - violins
Rosamund Brown - cellos

Mixed by Tom Simonsen. Recorded and mastered by Tom Simonsen and Kjetil Ottersen.

Album illustrations, photos and design by Kjell Ivar Lund.