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Black Wedding
26 Aug 2016
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20 May 2016
19 Aug 2016


Eritrean-Swedish singer and songwriter Adiam ingeniously mixes rugged post-punk and hip hop attitude, electronic radiance, intelligent pop songwriting, and distinctively soulful R&B vocals to a unique musical amalgam of equally subversive and seductive authority. Adiam’s charismatic gritty-cool voice, her memorable harmonies, combined with her often deeply personal, dark lyrics and TV on the Radio’ Dave Sitek’s masterful arrangements and experimental production thereby create a unpredictable and unrivaled signature sound.

As the second of four daughters Adiam was born in Uppsala, Sweden. Her parents had only recently left the civil-war-ridden Eritrea and moved to Sweden via Italy. Adiam sang in the local church choir from early age on and grew up on her father’s music selection. While at home, she listened to and absorbed his eclectic recored selection: Sam Cooke, Bruce Springsteen, Lee Scratch Perry, Donna Summer, Boney M., Burning Spear, Dean Martin, Simon & Garfunkel amongst others. Later then, Adiam discovered hip-hop with favorites like Notorious B.I.G. and The Wu-Tang Clan. 
At the age of 16, Adiam dropped out of high-school, left home, and started working two years later as a recording studio receptionist at Stockholm’s renown Cosmos Studio, where the likes of ABBA, Neneh Cherry, Beyonce, Lady Gaga recorded. Here, Adiam took her first steps as a vocalist and songwriter for a number of demo recordings which led to a contract with Razzia Records. Together with producer/rapper Thomas Rusiak, Adiam, by then already married, embarked on her own rock & roll inspired musical project under her full name „Adiam Dymott“. Her catchy debut single „Miss You“ hit the Swedish Top Ten in 2009, followed shortly by the release of her eponymous and critically acclaimed first album. Immediate success came almost overnight. 
Shortly after, Adiam signed with Universal, and collaborated on a number of projects within the Stockholm hip hop music scene. Despite being signed to a major label Adiam continued to work and develop as an uncompromising Indie artist, traveling and writing music with various artists around the globe for the following years. Backed by her label Adiam relocated to Berlin in 2012, after the divorce from her first husband, and aligned herself in the long list of international musicians who have, at one time or another, made the European capital their base. Obsessed with sounds, Adiam however refused to release anything until she was genuinely satisfied. 
During a recording session with fellow singer-songwriter Eric Hassle and producer Daniel Ledinsky in Los Angeles, Adiam was eventually introduced to producer, multi-instrumentalist and sound-wizard Dave Sitek of the Brooklyn-based group TV on the Radio. Soon afterwards they started working on her new album „Black Wedding“, that confidently blends explicit pop, experimental electronic, rough dance and avant-garde R&B. 

Adiam’s personality strikingly unites the enduring darkness and quiet melancholy of the long, cold winters looming over the Scandinavian Countries, with the powerful ancient Abyssinian heritage of long lines of kings and queens inhabiting the Horn of Africa. The Nordic Noir meets the Habesha people’s ongoing struggle for liberation and self-determination. Here, apparent opposites give rise to each other as they uniquely complement one another. 
Adiam frankly delivers her songs of life’s trials and tribulations, situations and relations with unprecedented coolness and melancholic maturity („my feeling don’t want no facts“), as well as brutal self-confidence („cut you open and watch you bleed“). Her songs speak earnestly of love and hate, of promise and despair, of believe and doubt, of victory and defeat. They celebrate the beautiful struggle of life. 
Adiam’s distinct voice thereby execudes natural authority, but we sense, also the often complex and contradictory psychology of deep-seated emotions. At times she almost seems at her best when she’s vulnerable, allowing us to hear an experienced woman with emotional mileage. Yet a woman that stands strong and utterly refuses any notion of pity („don’t bring sympathy, don’t bring none“) while keeping her brash sense of humor („love is on trial, just a juvenile, don’t need any evidence“). Adiam’s voice rises and shines from a dark place, illuminating everything around here. 
Here lies the brilliance of the album and the singularity of of Adiam’s disarming honesty („you’re just a dream to be broken“). Adiam’s upright authenticity and explicitness in facing one’s own fears and insecurities, as well as in expressing one’s self-confidence, gives hope if push comes to shove („don’t be afraid of loosing, everything will come back to you“). 
She displays all qualities of a true fighter: impact-resistance, up-front elegance and an unbreakable fighting spirit. Adiam laughs in the face of adversity, and wears her scars with pride. Each one thereby tells a story. Her tattoo-covered body only underlines this attitude, turning her tattoos into nothing else but elegant scars. Yes, Adiam might have lost a few battles, but rest assured, she’s winning the war - with a knowing smile on her face. 

A massive confluence of sonic factors – bold eclectic sounds, finely wrought, twisted songwriting, and Adiam’s enigmatic voice – conspire to make  „Black Wedding“ a remarkable album with artistic merit.
Adiam and Sitek use their common obsession with sounds to make uncompromising avant-garde pop that fuse soulful melodies with sophisticated electro. „Black Wedding“ thereby almost establishes a novel genre in its own right by pushing boundaries and combining diverse musical elements. The sound ranges from atmospheric and alluring dark songs, to bass-heavy dreamy, surreal ballads, dancefloor-friendly break-beats, and motivating 50s/60s sing-a-along girl group harmonies and soul: The New Black Cool. It is both dark and uplifting at the same time. 
Since her debut album, Adiam thereby progressed musically, moving from raw rock-out guitar riffs, with pop appeal and a tinge of hip hop, to the more complex rhythms yet equally rugged electro-influenced arrangements on „Black Wedding“. It is Adiam’s uniquely authentic deliverance – a combination of toughness and vulnerability – that seamlessly unites her two albums.