Pechenga is Rune LindbĂ¦k and Cato Farstad.
Pechenga is the name of the area in Siberia thatâ€™s distantly visible from VardĂ¸ (pop. 2500), the Norwegian fishing island Rune LindbĂ¦k & Cato Farstad both call their birthplace, and where they made their debut album, Helt Borte. While Cato stayed and became VardĂ¸â€™s one-man musical milieu, LindbĂ¦k moved to the city of TromsĂ¸ before establishing himself in Oslo and Berlin as a sought-after musician, producer and remixer. (LindbĂ¦k has worked with NYC Modal Music,
LindstrĂ¸m, Idjut Boys [as Meanderthals], and remixed The Knife, to name a few.)
In the winter of 2007, after forming a mutual respect and admiration for each otherâ€™s work and love for old synth music, prog rock, and ambient music, LindbĂ¦k and Farstad hunkered down in LindbĂ¦kâ€™s grandmotherâ€™s house in VardĂ¸ to work on music together. Surrounded by the dark of the season, the flickering northern lights, cold storms,
and heavy snow, Helt Borte was born in an intense two-week period. They cite ambient masters Stars of the Lid, Dead Texans, Peter Namlook, Brian Eno, Steve Roach, and Biosphere (LindbĂ¦kâ€™s old TromsĂ¸ neighbor) as a massive inspiration in creating this album. Helt Borte was self-released by the duo in 2008 on their Pechenga Records, and made available only in Norway. The record sold a grand total of 59 copies before Smalltown Supersoundâ€™s Joakim Haugland â€śdiscoveredâ€ť it, naming it one of his favorite albums in recent years. He promptly signed the project and decided to give it a worldwide release. Since the signing, Pechenga have already gone on to remix Jose Gonzalezâ€™s â€śHow Low.â€ť
The name Helt Borte means two things in Norwegian: â€ścompletely gone,â€ť and â€śhero is gone.â€ť Artwork for the album is made by Kim HiorthĂ¸y