Release Date: Sep 9, 2016
Record label: Propeller Records
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock
Moddi is a Norwegian singer-songwriter who had an excellent idea for a concept album. On learning that the Norwegian authorities had put pressure on an artist not to perform Eli Geva, a song about the 1982 invasion of Lebanon, because it might upset the Israeli authorities, he decided to write his own version. Then he searched out other censored songs from around the world, and the result is an intriguing history lesson, with lyrics in English.
Pal Moddi Knutsen, 29, is an activist and previous member of the Socialist Youth and Young Friends of the Earth. Having recognised that many of the songs he and his fellow activists sang were from a different era he felt compelled to write his own music for the causes. Unsongs, however, sees Knutsen put his own songwriting to the side as he delves further into the past to explore the works of activists, poets and musicians who have seen their art censored and banned.