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Eden says his songwriting uncovers ‘something that’s already there’

Eden just arrived in Chico, Calif., for his next show.

Soon, it will be time for sound check and then his show.

“I’m looking forward to it,” he says. “It never gets old.”

Eden, born Jonathon Ng, is a mutli-instrumentalist from Ireland who has been making a name for himself stateside.

He recently released his debut album, “Vertigo.”

“Some of the first ideas for the album are from 2015,” he says. “When I sat down to really work on them, the album was complete by May 2017. Since then, I’ve been getting the final touches on the album.”

On the album, the Dublin-based artist takes an 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 22-year-old musician. “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 his previous work.

“With this album, I was chasing that feeling I had when I first started making music – that weird thing where sometimes you’re not quite sure why an element in the song is expressing itself in a particular way, but it just feels right and you go with it,” he says. “I decided not to think about things like having a massive pop chorus everyone could sing along to; I just tried to let the songs breathe and to do whatever the music called for right at that moment.”

Working entirely on his own, recording mostly in Dublin and New York, Eden also shed all traces of perfectionism in his artistry.

“I definitely took a step back from overdoing everything,” he says. “I really embraced not trying to cover up the blemishes by adding like five more layers of a certain guitar sound or synth sound.”

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