EDEN’s ‘no future’ passes the vibe check

Autumn Sorrentino

EDEN once again delivered his best with his new album, “no future.” The new compilation is complete with his signature easy-listening jams and thought-provoking lyrics.

Jonathon Ng, an Irish singer-songwriter more commonly known as EDEN, dropped his fourth album on Feb. 14. Having been a fan of his for years, I was more than thrilled for its release and have since repeatedly listened to the entire track list several times over.

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“No future” begins with the song “good morning,” which quickly became my favorite piece on the album. With chilling harmonies looped in canon over one another, it sticks out from the others. Focusing mainly on vocals with some electric guitar and slow beats, it follows the recipe for a fantastic indie song.

“Love, death, distraction” is just as lovely as “good morning.” With resonant, calming chords, heavy lyrics, perfect harmonies and reverb at all the right times, this track was intensely beautiful. Close to my own heart, it deviates from pop and delves further into the ethereal, tuned-out realm. It’s a song you can reflect on and overthink to.

Throughout the album, there are songs lasting less than a minute, titled “in,” “out” and “static.” They act more as spoken word poetry: snippets of conversation detailing bits and pieces of EDEN’s career.

Though they can be distracting from the actual music, they also serve as a palate cleanser, like smelling coffee beans before testing more perfume. Short and distinctly unique, they clear the somewhat repetitive time stamps and chord progressions, helping to remove expectations.

That being said, “hertz,” “projector” and “how to sleep” all feel very similar in mood. With backup guitar and vocals being the highlights, the songs tend to blur into one another, becoming more of a continuous thought rather than three distinct pieces. Though I’m not against continuity, it became almost unnecessary, making the short, outstanding snippets important in defining each of these pieces as different from one another.

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“Calm down,” “just saying” and “$treams,” though simple in composition with just a few repeated synthesizers, tell a story through lyrics. Most pick up right at the end, with a turnaround that ends just as quickly as it begins.

With very few drums and a slow timing, it’s all too easy to lose yourself in the music, only paying attention again when the beat drops and the music swells. Right as you notice it, the moment is gone again, and it continues into the next song. Much akin to a comfortable conversation or like falling asleep in the middle of a class, it keeps you interested but not as invested as some of his other pieces.

However, “fomo,” “so far so good,” “untitled” and “isohel” have their own moods and movements that clearly set them apart from other artists, despite all having the markings of classic indie love songs.

By utilizing mild electronica and mixing it with minor chords, the songs meld upbeat energy and downcast sadness into a totally different feeling. The duality shows well in these songs, making them hold a different meaning every time. All of them rank high in my playlist, and I will unashamedly admit they’ll be my go-tos for my next breakup.

“????,” “tides,” “rushing” and “2020” are completely different from the rest of the album. With significantly more contribution from drum and bass, yet with a balance of quiet guitar and outstanding harmonies, the songs blend two seemingly unmixable music styles.

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Contradicting the traditional soft vocals of indie or the bass drop of electronica, EDEN skillfully adds elements of the two, changing the tone of each piece over and over again throughout the songs.

Overall, I would highly recommend the album to those who enjoy indie music but are looking for something different. Though it can be hard to listen to all in one sitting, with each song blending into one another, the pieces are truly mind-blowing on their own.

I find myself falling in love with EDEN all over again, seeing a culmination of his previous works melting into this latest masterpiece.

Autumn Sorrentino can be reached at entertainment@collegian.com or on Twitter @ItsNotTarantino