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Eden Iris - Single Review: I Just Can't Turn It Off

12 Nov 2020 // A review by Mike Alexander

Having exorcised a few ghosts, so to speak, on her soul stirring 2018 EP Demons, Eden Iris is finally set to release her debut album next year.

It’s been an age since the now LA-based, singer-songwriter first came to national attention through Mike Chunn’s Play It Strange competition. Iris, though, has never been one to do anything half-heartedly or thoughtlessly and that’s always been the hallmark of the songs she has delivered.

I Just Can’t Turn It Off is another delightful gem. It has a lovely, earthy and crystalline pop sparkle and sweetness about it that’s endearing and charmingly captivating.

And while there’s a definite vein of heartbreak throughout the song, it comes with a degree of self-awareness, lovingly encapsulated in the lines: "And everything you’ve done for me/Was wasted on a feeling/and I gave no meaning/to our love when I could not explain."

It’s that kind of clarity that only comes with emotional honesty that’s always made a fan of me. I wouldn’t want her to turn it off.

Rating: ( 5 / 5 )
 

About Eden Iris

Eden Iris is an artist from Auckland, New Zealand who has been described as “an artist working in a new space” (Jordan Luck, The Exponents) who has “the ambition to carve out her own niche” (Demerra Records). She moved to Los Angeles, California when she was nineteen years-old to pursue her music career and has since made a home for herself on the west coast. In Los Angeles, Eden has collaborated with esteemed songwriters such as Maia Sharp (Dixie Chicks), Jamie Candiloro (REM, Ryan Adams) and Bruce Lynch (Kate Bush).

Working out of her home studio in Burbank, California, not a day that goes by that Eden isn’t writing, recording, or producing. Her Demons EP (2018) was described as “soul stirring, beautifully arranged and poignantly observed…” by Mike Alexander (Sunday Star Times) and received radio-play on Los Angeles Station 88.5 KCSN, along with three of her other singles (two of them being featured as “Fresh Squeeze of the Day” By DJ Nic Harcourt).

In 2019, the haunting folk/electronica song Dark Sunday Dream found it’s cult following after being picked up by indie-folk playlist Alex Rainbird, with over half a million subscribers on YouTube. Dark Sunday Dream has also had regular rotation on Radio Paradise and has received critical acclaim by indie-folk blogs around the world. Eden’s single Worse Things (November 2019) which was co-written with Maia Sharp, premiered with Billboard and American Songwriter Magazine. With the steady release of these singles over the past year, Eden is building a strong fanbase who highly anticipate the release of her debut album in January, 2021.

Visit the muzic.net.nz Profile for Eden Iris

Releases

Demons
Year: 2018
Type: EP

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