The official music video for Rubbles from the album "Floriography" by Moddi
(UK/US release April 18th)
Directed by Ola Martin Fjeld
Photography by Jørgen Werner.
Produced by FilmFaktisk www.filmfaktisk.no
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"I make music that's always a step ahead of me, and always sounds larger in my head than what ends up on tape. That's probably a good thing, but the music has also grown a little with time."
Pål Moddi Knutsen, 23, 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). He started writing music at age 15, and, with a borrowed accordion and a battered guitar, he began captivating listeners with music that has been described as a blend of Damien Rice and Bjork.
The landscape of his youth clearly influenced his music, which he describes as "a huge band session, with noise and loudness, [while also being] so fragile and discreet that you might want to sing along in order to help it continue."
The talented and original young musician's live performances -- sometimes solo, sometimes with a band of string instruments, drums and piano -- spellbind his audiences into a silent trance, as they are drawn into the almost magical atmosphere of his music.
"Quietly intense acoustic guitar, smoldering strings, and a haunting Norwegian-accented voice caught my ear like a tractor beam. This was Moddi, who hails from some tiny island in the north, and who nobody I spoke with knew much about but everyone seemed impressed with. While I enjoyed the National's dark, rootsy take on U2 (...), I enjoyed Moddi's modest quietude even more." (Brian Howe, Pitchfork)
After super-producer Valgeir Sigursson (Bjork, Kate Nash, Cocorosie, etc.) heard Moddi's music on a bedroom demo never intended for official ears, he invited Moddi to Iceland to record the debut album "Floriography" 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, Moddi's debut album shot into the top ranks of the sales charts in Norway.
But that was just the beginning. After touring Norway up and down, captivating both audiences and the media, he was awarded the prestigious "a-ha stipend", earmarked to help Norwegian artists bring their music to an international audience.
At about this time, his music found its way to Angus and Julia Stone -- the acclaimed Australian double-platinum selling brother & sister act -- who invited Moddi to be their support band for their mostly sold-out European tour. At packed performances around Europe, Moddi was met with standing ovations, an unusual feat for a support band.
Encouraged by his success abroad, Moddi is preparing for the international release of "Floriography" (in April 2011), and will be touring extensively with his band throughout Europe in conjunction with the release.
Moddi has also been nominated for two Norwegian Grammy Awards (Spellemans Prisen);
Best Male Artist and Newcomer of The Year. The ceremony takes place in March.
"The music I make lives a life of its own... the songs grow a little with every winter that passes by. Just like children. MY children."