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Adem Ilhan is a Turkish-English musician from South London, who releases music under the name Adem (pronounced Ah-Dem). His music is sometimes described as being part of the nu-folk movement. He is also the bass guitarist in the post-rock band Fridge, alongside Kieran Hebden.

Recording history

Adem's debut solo album, "Homesongs", appeared on Domino Records in 2004. Mixed by Hebden, the album found critical acclaim with limited commercial success. The album includes the song "Statued", which featured on the soundtrack of the film "Dead Man's Shoes".

A second album, "Love and Other Planets", was released on April 24, 2006 to generally favorable reviews.

Adem has recently finished work on his third album "Takes", a collection of cover songs which have influenced the artist over the years, some dating back to his youth. The album includes tracks originally written and performed by Yo La Tengo, The Smashing Pumpkins, Björk, dEUS among others.

In 2008 Adem along with (Jeremy Warmsley & Mystery Jets) contributed the song "Grains of Sand" to the Survival International charity album "Songs for Survival".



*"Homesongs" (29 March 2004)
*"Love and Other Planets" (24 April 2006) UK #180
*"Takes" (12 May 2008)


*"These Are Your Friends" (17 May 2004) (CD/10")
*"Ringing in My Ear" (13 September 2004) (CD/7")
*"Waves" (19 June 2006) - ONLY as a free download on iTunes 'Free Single of The Week'
*"Launch Yourself" (2007) (CD/7") UK #157

Other work

*Adem contributed a cover of Jeff Buckley's "Mojo Pin" for the 2005 tribute album "".
*Adem plays the bass and sings on English folk supergroup The Memory Band's 2006 album "Apron Strings".
*Adem is the founder and organiser of the Homefires Festival, which takes place at the Conway Hall in London, UK.
*Adem remixed the track "Welcome, Ghosts" for a special edition release of Explosions in the Sky's 2007 album "All of a Sudden I Miss Everyone".
*Adem plays on Vashti Bunyan's 2006 album "Lookaftering"


*Ilhan attended the University of Warwick, UK.
*In December 2006, Adem played a free concert in Barrhead Community Library, commenting "I love libraries. [...] The existence of public libraries is one of my favourite achievements of human kind." [ [ Adem Homepage] ]
*Sang cover of Johnny Cash's "I Walk the Line" for a 2006 Levi's "Slim Straight" Jeans commercial. [ [ Levis Walk The Line » Television Adverts at Duncan’s TV Ad Land ] ]

ee also

*The Memory Band


External links

* [ Official Website]
* [ "3 AM Magazine" interview (2004)]
* [ Junkmedia interview (2004)]
* [ The Memory Band]
* [ Twisted Ear 2006 Interview]
* [ Details of a Levi's Jeans ad, featuring vocals by Adem]
* [ kevchino 2004 Interview]
* [ Adem at exclaim!]
* [ Adem interview]
* [ Adem at NPR Music]

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