EDEN is a 20 year old musical artist based in Dublin. Classically trained, he began exploring and refining his talents as a producer and songwriter and built up a strong online following. His music is minimalistic and seamlessly blends the soft sounds of organic instruments with head-bopping synthy vibes. In his new track “sex”, EDEN explores the emotions associated with the dissolution of a young relationship in this gently poignant but foot-tapping bop.
“sex” begins with a simple, yet lively beat with a steady clap layered under drums that makes you want to get up and march along. The song is barely ten seconds in and it’s already established a theme of being upbeat and something that’s easy to groove to driving down an open road on a summer afternoon.
With “sex”, EDEN begins singing as the first of piano chords starts playing and, much like human emotions, the melody begins to complicate.
EDEN has a voice that’s husky, almost smoky. It’s smooth, but slightly rough around the edges that brings a twinge of sadness and nostalgia to the song as he navigates through the verses. His voice makes you feel like you’re looking out a car window at night, and the lights outside are slightly distorted and warped because of a thin film of fog covering the surface; lights that pass you by just too quickly for your eyes to be able to focus.
The pace of the song shifts back and forth from marchy beats to gentle piano chords with EDEN’s voice softly dancing through the notes. What makes the song so easy to keep listening to on loop (which, not gonna lie, is what I have been doing for the past several days) is the fact that the dynamic of the song keeps on shifting. It reflects the nature of feelings when in one moment everything is sunny and lively, and in another it shifts to being somber and reflective. The push and pull of the emotion in the music strikes something deeper inside of you and makes the incredibly ancient 18 year old I am feel nostalgic for better times. The song culminates and EDEN’s voice is pushing through the borders of the song and feels like a ship’s sail billowing through swooping waves. It feels open and free, seeped with muted greys and blues.
“sex” eventually mellows and fades out with the anthemic repetition of the phrase “no I don’t know how to forget you”. It’ll leave you whispering along and smiling slightly because (platonic or not) everyone has someone that has left an impression that you can’t quite shake. It’s a bittersweet ending to a bittersweet song that captures such a bittersweet feeling. EDEN perfectly captures the emotion that leaves you bewildered at the extent of the impact one person can leave on you.