Set the House on Fire
2 x LP
2011 EU limited edition 10track Moddi Knutsen comes from the remote and blustery northern Norwegian island of Senja in the bipolar land of the summer Midnight Sun and winters of total darkness only lit up by the Aurora Borealis With a borrowed accord...
Release date 10-03-2013
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More than two years after the Floriography album, the Norwegian musician Moddi (Pål Moddi Knutsen) will release a new disc. Although the album has 11 new songs, the music is not very different. That is certainly not disappointing: Floriography was beautiful and that also applies to Set The House On Fire.
Still the first comparison that comes with the Irish singer-songwriter Damien Rice. This comparison is reinforced by the songs on which Moddi receives approval from a female voice. Best example is the really beautiful Run To The Water, a duet with Kari Kamrud Jahnsen from Pharaoh. She starts to sing halfway through the song. That voice ... that reminds me a bit of Maddy Prior (by Steeley Span) ... that voice, that way she sings. That is so beautiful, so incredibly beautiful. This song alone should be reason enough to purchase the entire album.
What has not changed with regard to Floriography, is that Moddi still makes very atmospheric music. This is due to the compositions, but also due to his voice and instrument selection. The accordion that was very present on the previous album, you hear significantly less on Set The House On Fire. Instead you can hear a lot more impressive strings instead. Once again, occasional light electro influences can be detected. An exciting, but striking combination.
The album also has two (short) songs, where Moddi sings in Norwegian. They are Heim (at home) and Heim Igjen (back home). Acoustic, sober, understated gems. What Moddi really can do is work from such a fragile modesty towards enormous heights. He shows that best at Let The Sider Run Alive.
The first single of the album is House By The Sea, below to listen to (and view, the clip is made by Jørgen Nordby, the drummer of the band). The song gives a good impression of what you can expect from this album. Yet it would be a shame to leave it at this one number. The whole album deserves the attention.
A2 House By The Sea
A3 Let The Spider Run Alive
A4 Soon You'll Be Somebody Else
B1 For An Unborn
B2 The Architect
B3 Run To The Water
C2 One Minute More
C3 Heim Igjen
C4 Northern Line
D1 House By The Sea (Acoustic)
D2 Soon You'll Be Somebody Else! (Acoustic)
D3 Bridges & Balloons (Joanna Newsom Cover) (Acoustic)
D4 Silhouette (Acoustic)
Moddi Knutsen comes from the remote and blustery northern Norwegian island of Senja in the bipolar land of the summer Midnight Sun and winters of total darkness only lit up by the Aurora Borealis With a borrowed accordion and a sea-blue guitar he began captivating listeners with music that has been described as a blend of Damien Rice and Bjork
The talented and original young musicians live performances sometimes solo sometimes with a band of string instruments drums and piano spellbind his audience into a silent trance as they are drawn into the almost magical atmosphere of his music After superproducer Valgeir Sigursson Bjork Kate Nash Cocorosie etc heard Moddis music on a bedroom demo never intended for official ears he invited Moddi to Iceland to record the debut album Florigraphy in 2009 When given previews of the upcoming album Norwegian music journalists responded overwhelmingly enthusiastically and shortly after its release in early 2010 without ever having a radio hit Moddis debut album shot into the top ranks of the sales charts in Norway
Label: Propeller Recordings
This release: 2013