Umut Adan is a Turkish musician, born and bred in Istanbul. Exposed to a variety of cultural influences from childhood, Adan soon came under the spell of folk music, with a particular interest for 70’s Anadolu Pop, the folk-rock movement that soon became the soundtrack of a historic period full of amazing transitions and dramatic changes.
After relocating to Italy, Umut began writing his own songs and released a couple of 45’s. Although the singles saw a limited release, they received rave reviews, and soon after Umut returned to Turkey, eventually supporting Jack White on a tour through Turkey.
Inspired by the warm reception, Umut began planning his first full release. The eponymous debut was recorded in London at Toe Rag Studios, helmed by producers Marco Fasolo and Liam Watson. The final result was an album of folk-inflected songs, but with lots of fuzz guitars and funky breaks in the best 70’s Turkish psych tradition, peppered here and there with unexpected arrangements and touches. Blending vintage elements with a modern sonic approach, Fasolo and Watson also put a particular emphasis on Umut’s lyrics: heartbroken reflections about what is currently happening in Turkey, but also straightforward love songs and thoughtful ruminations on the passing of time.
The album is a depiction of the confusion surrounding the current state of affairs in Turkey, a country caught between strong and conflicting tensions, while respectfully tipping his the hat to artists like Cem Karaca, Selda and Erkin Koray, who have long nourished Umut’s fascination with Turkish popular music and its infinite permutations.