Set the House on Fire

by Moddi

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Set the House on Fire was my second album, which was released in 2013. I never really intended to make a second album, and after Floriography I felt completely empty. More that two hundred and fifty concerts had worn the melodies out. Every day was a routine. I was tired.

So I took a break. A long one. In the forests of Telemark, as far away from both the continental waves and the salt sea as I could get, I found peace of mind. And with that, the music came back again. In the basement of the dormitory I found a concrete shower with galactic sound. There, I made my first song in more than two years. I had to learn how to write again. Slowly, almost unnoticeably, the melodies came floating, one by one. I scribbled the pages of my diary black. Every place, every day, every thought got its own song…

When we made Floriography, everything was calculated and arranged in detail several months in advance. This time we had no idea about where we were going. New ideas were born every day. Many times we had to start from scratch again, set fire to what we had built. Some songs needed care and silence, others needed play and laughter into the early hours.

And I was by no means alone. Kari Kamrud Jahnsen of Farao came from London to sing Run to the Water with me. Silhouette, another song on the album, was recorded by the band when I was sleeping, with Einar Stray giving his voice to it. All over the album producer Hasse Rosbach has scattered the sounds from his magical boxes and unpredictable mechanical pets. Together with them and many more, Set the House on Fire became what it is: an album first and foremost about having the courage to find new ways. A second album, born from the ashes of the first.

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released March 6, 2013

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Moddi Norway

Songwriter and storyteller from the North. I believe in a better world and that music can help us get there.

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