Dublin-based vocalist-producer and multi-instrumentalist EDEN will release his debut album, entitled vertigo, on January 19th, 2018, on Astralwerks.
The 21-year-old musician, otherwise known as Jonathon Ng, also releases the first single from the album, “gold,” today via all digital partners. In addition, EDEN will hit the road on his headlining vertigo world tour to support the release, which kicks off in the U.S. on March 1st, 2018.
On his 2016 breakthrough EP i think you think too much of me, EDEN struck a rare balance of ingenuity and intuition with its guitar-heavy take on electronic pop. With vertigo, he 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,” he says. “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. Releasing this body of work is terrifying and exciting and overwhelming for me. A lot of it is so personal. This album is not a coming-of-age story, but it caused one.”
The first single “gold” comes on the heels of EDEN’s previous song, “start//end,” which has racked up more than 1.4 million plays on Spotify since its release in September. Ng shot the song’s official video in London, Tokyo, Seoul, Los Angeles, New York, Belgium, and around his home in Dublin. A jack-of-all-trades who writes, plays, and produces all of his own music and plays multiple instruments onstage, Ng directed, filmed, and edited the video himself. The clip trended on YouTube and has now amassed over one million views, thanks to support from EDEN’s devoted fanbase.
The lead single from i think you think too much of me, “sex,” was praised by Lorde and was hailed by Consequence of Sound as a “vulnerable synth-tinted pop track that’s about so much more than what’s happening between the sheets.” Pigeons & Planes called second single, “drugs,” “another strong showing from this emerging talent.” The four main tracks on i think you think too much of me have racked up over 50 million streams on Spotify while the EP hit #1 on iTunes Alternative Charts, and #2 on Billboard’s Heatseeker chart. From the bedroom of his childhood home, Ng initially began to cultivate a large online following and made his EP debut with End Credits in August 2015. Despite making no effort to promote it, he soon found the EP gaining major attention — ultimately amassing more than 120 million streams. EDEN’s first U.S. tour sold out immediately and he spent the summer performing at major U.S. music festivals including Governors Ball, Bonnaroo and Firefly. He also performed at the Reading and Leeds festivals in the UK and Fuji Rock in Japan.