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Set The House On Fire

PROPELLER Mar 08th 2013
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“Quietly intense acoustic guitar, smoldering strings, and a hauntingNorwegian-accented voice caught my ear like a tractor beam. This was Moddi” – Pitchfork“Irrevocably a heart-warming and beautifully constructed piece of melancholic folk-pop” – Q“The music scene in Norway is currently putting the rest of the world to shame and Moddi has a lot to do withit as far as we're concerned.” – The 405"It's gorgeous… what a lovely song and very nicely done" – Damien RiceAfter playing no less than 250 concerts to support his debut album, 25-year old Pål Moddi Knutsen from theremote island Senja in Northern Norway had announced that 2012 would be a year of rest, feeling quitesimply that he’d “worn the melodies out”. However, between the trees of Telemark, as far away from both the continent and the sea as he could get,Moddi found peace of mind and announces a follow up to his double Norwegian Grammy-nominated debut,in the form of Set the House on Fire, to be released worldwide on 8th March 2013 through PropellerRecordings.Moddi is known for turning down a €100.000 grant from the Norwegian Statoil because of their intentions ofoil drilling in the North of Norway. The same year, in 2010, he received an equally large grant from theNorwegian pop group a-ha and toured as support for Angus and Julia Stone. His debut album Floriographywas recorded in Iceland with producer Valgeir Sigurdsson (Björk, Cocorosie, etc.) and was released in theUK in 2011.Moddi says about the album: "When we recorded Floriography everything was planned and preparedmonths in advance. This time it was more like playing around with sounds. A little poppier and at the sametime stranger than the last album."Set the House on Fire was recorded in a rebuilt boat house in Giske on the west coast of Norway. It containsduets with post-pop prodigy Einar Stray and London-based Farao.