The 21-year-old wunderkind has a sound that differentiates him from the pack with emotionally vulnerable lyrics, self-produced instrumentals and powerful music videos that are directed, filmed and edited himself. The one man band (although he did have a talented counterpart with him) put his full setup on display – effortlessly shifting between keys, drums, synths, guitar and vocals. There’s nothing artificial about his live performance–it seems as though the instruments are a part of him, and he a part of they.
He performed tracks from his iTunes Alternative No.1 EP, start//end, his latest all you need is love two-piece, and both new and old favorites. As the night progressed, so did the energy, and the nearly-sold-out crowd was at its peak near the end. His audio/visual setup was flawlessly executed, adding to the already captivating performance. It was clear that EDEN gives his performances his all, and so did the crowd (although, all in their own very unique ways).
The Irish sensation was joined by buzzing pop maverick/sad girl Sasha Sloan who was equally as impressive. The Boston jazz snob-turned-esteemed LA songwriter put on a performance that was as immaculate and vulnerable as expected. “I wrote this song when I moved to LA and went to parties I didn’t want to be at, so I just got fucked up,” she said of “Normal.” Her relatable and carefree attitude is as humble as her songwriting, and her performance was the perfect way to set the stage for the night. Ending with her newest cut, “Older,” it was clear that she is on the cusp of an explosive breakthrough. Plus, if anything, having someone make all of your Skrillex-level-emo feelings seem valid is reason enough catch the sadgirlsloan wave early.
EDEN and Sasha Sloan’s tracks have millions and millions of streams, and it was refreshing to see performances that matched up with the level of genius found on their digital platforms. EDEN is finishing up the remainder of his Futurebound Tour in Europe, and we can’t wait for what will be a warm welcome his next time around to the states while Sloan gears up for her first-ever headline tour in March. Find the rest of EDEN’s tour dates here.