What a strange day to re-release a song which was once blacklisted in the UK. Kate Bush’s hauntingly tragic song about the mourning mother who laments the loss of her son made me cry when we recorded it in studio. The song was, after massive airplay during the 80s, removed from all BBC playlists at the break of the Gulf War. Listen on Spotify, iTunes or Tidal: http://phonofile.link/moddi
We announced a tour yesterday. A long one. After having released three albums, I am starting to get used to travelling. Still, this fall seems even more exploratory than usual. We will be visiting nine countries in not more than a month. It starts off in Paris. After that, for the first time since 2010 we will be playing in Spain again, presented in a secret venue in Madrid by Días Nórdicos, and for the first time ever I’ll be bringing my songs to Hungary, before setting sail towards Czech Republic and Austria. As well as going exciting places, we’ll be playing some truly stunning venues on this tour. For…
I don’t really listen that much to music these days. Rather, I enjoy to hear talk. Therefore, the BBC World Service is always on in my kitchen. Except today, because today I am in theirs, talking about Unsongs and even previewing some of the new, unreleased tracks. Click here to listen to the interview.
Today is a magic date: It is exactly 99 days until Unsongs is released. And even better: You can pre-order it already now and get it delivered straight to your inbox on release day. If you want more than just music, we are making a big box set of sketches, demos and early versions of the songs that became Unsongs, as well as disposable cameras, pin buttons, notebooks and even music lessons! Click here to pre-order Unsongs or anything else that has to do with it.
The music video for my reinterpretation of Pussy Riot’s eminent protest song Punk Prayer is out today. Click here to watch it on Youtube. Or click here if you are German and/or want to watch it on Vimeo instead.
The first single from Unsongs was unveiled today: The legendary Punk Prayer which got the Russian activist feminist punk rock collective Pussy Riot two years imprisonment. Head over to Q Magazine to read the story and see the video for the song.
I recently did an interview with Turkish magazine Gerekeni Yap! about old songs, new songs, places and people. It goes like this: Hei Moddi! Nasılsın, neler yapıyorsun bu günlerde? Bir sonraki albüm Unsongs üzerinde çalışıyorum bu aralar. The whole interview is available on: www.gerekeniyap.com/moddi-roportaji
Katrine and I are packing our bags to present the new songs much in the way they sounded before recording the new album. I will be telling the stories behind some of the songs, and what it has been like to work with them. These will be the very first steps on what I suppose might become a very long journey. 30.04.16 – Spot Festival, Aarhus (DK) – free 17.05.16 – Sugar Factory, Amsterdam (NL) – tickets 23.05.16 – ACUD, Berlin (DE) – tickets Be quick though, as there are only a handful of tickets for each show! More European dates are in the pipeline and will be added shortly. If you happen to stroll by…
Finally the cat’s out of the bag: In November I’ll be bringing the chamber orchestra The Trondheim Soloists and altogether 22 people on stage to present the new album at Oslo World Music Festival. On 5 November, the beautiful Sentrum scene is the place to be. It’ll be my first ever full concert with strings! Tickets and information here: www.osloworld.no And best of all: More dates to be announced soon…
On Music Freedom Day, March 3rd, I will be playing a handful of the new songs in Jakob Church of Culture, Oslo, as support for the Iranian musicians Ooldouz Pouri (vocals), Mahsa Azimi (setar/tar) and Afarin Nazari (khanoon), students of the legendary singer Mahsa Vahdat who will also be performing with the group. Their music is forbidden in Iran, simply because they are women. To bring the audience closer to their songs, the Persian poetry which they build upon will be translated to Norwegian by Andrea Bræin Hovig. More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/215804175433846