Adem | 29/05/08

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Adem takes music very seriously.

The choice of covers for his new album 'Takes' are a deliberation of love, each one has a deep personal connection and been agonised over to give the up most respect to the original as well as create something new and completely of itself. In short 'Takes' is a labour of love.

Featuring an intrigued selection of artists, each song displays a unique take on the craft of songwriting as well as Adem's eclectic music tastes and ability. On this record Adem plays: (deep breath) the grand piano, vibraphone, an ebow, a wurlitzer electric piano, Appalachian dulcimer, violin, double bass, harmoniums, glockenspiels, backpacker guitar, ukulele, banjolele, autoharp, bells, as well as the usual acoustic guitars and odd stuff like cups and bike locks.

These extraordinary interpretations might go some way to explain why such a diverse list of pioneering artists like Tortoise, P J Harvey, Aphex Twin, Yo La Tengo and others all gave permission to use their music on this special project.

"Making a covers record is like making a mixtape – how much time, love, effort and heartache is invested into side A alone?" says Adem. Well, judging by the generosity here, this album gives as much as it 'Takes'.