Plus support from Jo Mango
Adem has announced details of his first solo album of original material for nine years, seconds are acorns, released October 16th on his own Label Oneiric via Caroline. Founding member of pioneering post-rock band Fridge alongside Four Tet’s Kieran Hebden and one half of Silver Columns with Johnny Lynch aka The Pictish Trail, Adem has released three previous solo albums; Homesongs (2004), Love And Other Planets (2006), and 2008’s alternative covers album Takes. All warm songs and occasionally unsettling sonics, seconds are acorns is resonant with Adem’s biggest, boldest melodies to date.
As a taster for the album, Adem has released a video for the track snow in april. Directed by the artist Brittski, a member of the audio-visual collective Not Applicable Artists, whom Adem has collaborated with over the years, the video can be viewed now on YouTube and Vevo
Adem will be playing Festival No.6 on Friday 4th September, where he will appear on the Lost In The Woods Stage curated by Badly Drawn Boy.
Despite the gap between releases, Adem has hardly been idle. The pop polymath and former pupil at the Elliott School in South London - a veritable hot-bed of playful creativity which the other members of Fridge attended, as did Hot Chip, Burial, The Maccabees, and The XX - has been involved in a wide variety of projects, from music to the movies. He has composed the soundtracks for several films, including Armando Iannucci’s In The Loop, and he has scored a season for the Royal Shakespeare Company. He sang a cover of Johnny Cash's I Walk The Line for a Levi's jeans commercial and contributed a cover of Jeff Buckley's Mojo Pin for the tribute album Dream Brother: The Songs of Tim and Jeff Buckley. He collaborated with acclaimed Scottish folk trio Lau on the EP Ghosts (credited to Lau vs Adem), and he founded and organised the Homefires Festival which ran for three years in the mid-noughties and featured the likes of Joanna Newsom, Smog, Grizzly Bear, Bert Jansch, Vashti Bunyan, Badly Drawn Boy, Beth Orton and Hot Chip “unplugged”.
Adem has increasingly been taking the role of producer, most recently on Radiohead drummer Philip Selway’s 2014 solo album Weatherhouse. Adem also supported Selway on his US tour. In addition, he has “contributed sounds” to many records, from Bat For Lashes to Beth Orton, and he provided string arrangements for Foxes, Years And Years and Hot Chip and remixing artists as diverse as Sia and Explosions In The Sky, Underworld and Manic Street Preachers.