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Nebelhexë is the charismatic artist Andrea Haugen, who has mesmerized the alternative music scene since ‘94. Her early love for British gothic, new wave and underground music brought her to London in '90 where she soon became part of the subculture scenes. Always searching, and always having had a fascination for the supernatural, life’s mysteries and animals, she connected with various magic/pagan/witch circles. Seeking to explore and upgrade the understanding for the shadow side of the self, Andrea was soon involved with notorious magical and artistic performances.
Under the name of Nebelhexë, she released an album in '94 with the haunting dark-ambient project Aghast. Her comments about the inhibiting patriarchal religions and her perception of human nature and occult subjects in interviews became quite admired in the alternative music scene. Having moved to Norway, she became very engaged in the revival of the northern pagan traditions. This became the inspiration for her musical entity Hagalaz’ Runedance. With her albums ‘The Winds That Sang Of Midgard’s fate’ (’98), ‘Urd - That Which Was’ (’99), ‘Volven’ (2000) and ‘Frigga’s Web’ (2002) she vividly explores the magic and spirituality of her Pagan ancestors, bringing to life the forgotten myths and magical wisdom, focusing particularly on the feminine mysteries and the goddess worship of the North.
The beautiful, passionate and melancholic music of Hagalaz' Runedance became very popular worldwide and Andrea established a dedicated fellowship of inspired fans. Creating with honesty, melancholy and sincere emotions she always manages successfully to bring her visions and feelings across. She always believed that magic and artistic expression go hand in hand.
Andrea’s writings indeed inspired many individuals. Many of her social critical articles and letters to the media have been printed in magazines and also in the biggest Norwegian tabloid papers and magazines.
In 2000, Andrea’s book “The Ancient Fires Of Midgard” was published, discussing topics such as Northern mythology and the Pagan way of life, Nature's mysteries, ancient traditions, the magic of the wise women, natural childbirth, and the animal spirit. Albeit focused on the Northern traditions, she encourages the revival of the Pagan wisdom in general, and hopes to inspire open-minded individuals to search for their inner self.
And much has been written about her. Andrea's name and creations can be found in many alternative music magazines and books, spiritual publications, women magazines and newspapers, be it about her music and other artistic expressions, or paganism and witchcraft in general. Often she has been referred to as being one of the most intriguing personalities of the subculture. And since she is not that easy to categorize, she frequently has been misinterpreted...
After three Hagalaz' Runedance albums, Andrea moved on again in her musical and lyrical expressions and focused more generally on personal feelings, dreams, obscure experiences and the magic that is surrounding her. She also began working within other artistic areas; creating visual art and video concepts for example. She revived her previous artist name Nebelhexë, which means fog-witch (In Germanic folklore the hazes of fog that rise from the ground are believed to be the white women or fog witches. The owl Strix Nebulosa is also called Nebelhexe).
‘Laguz - Within the Lake’ is the title of her first Nebelhexë release. Still bearing many of her Hagalaz’ Runedance trademarks, a good deal of 80’s gothic, electronic and rock influences create a darker and dreamy atmosphere.
Her latest album is called "Essensual". Like the extravagant title, this is a unique album with new and fresh sounds. With an almost pop like production, this album will surely attract a broader audience. With this album she tries to express hidden feelings, various thoughts within the psyche, the bad experiences that shape us, thoughts about our real being, thus the title "Essensual". The essence of sensuality. Exposing both a glossy 'model' side and the darker real side within, reflecting the diversity of Andrea’s inner self.
With the album, Andrea has fashioned her own perfume, Nebelhexë ‘Essensual’. She already has been selling bottles of Nebelhexë perfume oil at her concerts in the past.
- Laguz, Within The Lake, CD, 2004
- Essensual, CD, 2006
Официальный сайт: www.nebelhexe.com
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