On his 2016 EP i think you think too much of me, singer/songwriter/producer EDEN struck a rare balance of ingenuity and intuition. With his full-length follow-up vertigo, the Dublin-based artist takes an even more instinct-driven approach to his music, a process he perceives as a form of exploration. “Even when I’m writing, I don’t feel like I’m actually creating anything,” says the 21-year-old musician otherwise known as Jonathon Ng. “It’s more like I’m uncovering something that’s already there. Like how an archaeologist doesn’t create a fossil—they’re just finding it and uncovering it, and maybe rearranging it if it’s broken.”
With its unpredictable sound palette, fractured textures, and volatile mood, vertigo marks a purposeful departure from the exacting sound design of i think you think too much of me (a Billboard 200-charting release featuring the Lorde-supported lead single “sex”).
Even in its most frenetic moments, vertigo maintains a sonic gracefulness closely tied to Ng’s lifelong devotion to music. Growing up in Dublin, he learned to play violin at age seven at the urging of his parents and—through that classical training—discovered a natural musicality that he soon applied to piano and guitar. After playing in several bands in his early teens, he began experimenting with production and releasing his self-produced electronic music under the name The Eden Project. As his sound evolved and took on a more vocal-centric aesthetic, Ng rechristened himself as EDEN, made his debut with 2015’s End Credits, and—despite making zero effort to promote it—soon found the EP gaining major attention and prompting him to sell out his first tour of both Europe and North America. With i think you think too much of me arriving in August 2016, “sex” landed on a “Songs You Need In Your Life” list from BuzzFeed and earned more than 2.5 million listens across platforms within just a few weeks of its release.
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