Imber, Wiltshire //

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Release date: 
Recording date: 
Saturday, January 1, 2000
Artwork design: 
Lasse Marhaug
Mastering engineer: 
Christian Obermayer
Mixing engineer: 
Thomas Oxem
Recording engineer: 
Thomas Oxem
  • 1. Slumber Court (09:26)
  • 2. Evacuate (02:47)
  • 3. Monolith (04:59)
  • 4. St. Giles (02:56)
  • 5. Bell Inn (04:18)
  • 6. Albert (06:55)
  • 7. Imber Dock (08:37)

In 1943 the citizens of Imber got an order from the British military to abandon the city so allied forces could use it for combat training. The city was never used for its intention and none of the citizens moved back. KÖök tells the story of empty buildings and abandoned homes and farms. On the album ”Imber, Wiltshire” you can hear the sounds of a deserted town.

The guitarists Stian Larsen and Jørn Erik Ahlsen started köök in 2010 and played several concerts in Norway and abroad before they released their first album in 2012. In 2013 they released record number two ”Live in Leipzig” together with bassist John Huges, who gave new inspiration to ”Imber, Wiltshire”.

KÖök decided to do a recording with sound engineer Thomas Oxem after listening to the release ”Toll” by Camille Norment. The depth and warmth of the sound was perfect for KÖök and something other studios couldn’t offer. ”Imber, Wiltshire” was recorded live in the studio during three days. Guro Skumsnes Moe (MoE) and Dag Erik Knedal Andersen contributed on two tracks each, and reflect the different cooperation’s KÖök has had the last four years.

Imber was never used to combat training as the military did not want to harm the city so the citizens could move back to their houses. No one moved back, and bombs ruined parts of the city during the second world war. The Church, St. Giles, has a yearly church service, but otherwise not active. The Pub Bell Inn continued for the military forces until 1950. The emptiness, silence and weird sense of time standing still embraces the city. Wind flows through broken windows. Vines dress the buildings and, with time, tries to take them back to nature.