- Oct 25, 2017
So I didn’t discover EDEN through Spotify or Apple Music from some algorithm, but from a recommendation at the local Reckless Records from some random guy. I didn’t buy the vinyl right away but I did listen to the album and it blew me away. I wasn’t familiar with Jonathon Ng or any of his music, but I found out he has a die-hard following for someone so young and with only one debut album. Mainly because he released so much material under The Eden Project before becoming EDEN.
The biggest thing that stands out with Vertigo is how finely tuned the production is. The album doesn’t have a ton of layers for each song, but what is there is so lush and vibrant, it makes the songs sound way more grand. It kind of reminds me of Telefon Tel Aviv’s 2004 Map of What Is Effortless, with the similar use of strings, textures and scattered and cut-up samples. Jonathon’s vocals are also a bit unconventional for his sound, which is a giant mix of avant-garde/indie rock/pop. But it works so well and no one is really doing anything similar to his style.