We’ve just discovered the perfect uplifting soundtrack for those grey November days. ‘But I’m Alright Now,’ the freshly released EP by Eden Rain, is a fantastic collection that lifts us out of our autumn blues, and we find ourselves humming along with a little smile on our faces. The young, talented artist, originally from Yorkshire and currently based in London, describes herself as, ‘The artist I wanna be is a bit rough around the edges – hopefully in a good way.‘ She convinces with witty lyrics, a gorgeous voice, and a bubbly, winsome personality.
Eden’s charm extends beyond her music; her infectious energy and genuine approach make her not just a musician, but a storyteller who connects deeply with her audience. Her blend of humor and heartfelt sincerity in both her personal interactions and her music creates an undeniable magnetism. As Eden herself says, ‘I love chatting shit and love making friends so any excuse to do both of those things at the same time is great!’ This perfectly summarizes her engaging and approachable nature, making her music and personality all the more endearing.
In our interview, we discuss making peace with the past, the impact of music and art on society, and the song from her EP that she is most excited to perform live.
All images by Jack Alexander
You described your EP ‘But I’m Alright Now’ as a means of making peace with the past. Can you share more about the personal journey that led to this?
I definitely used to steer away from writing songs about my own personal issues. I sort of had a mental block when writing and couldn’t quite dig deep enough to my own shit. But now I love pulling up my old drama to write songs about hahah. I find that it frees some space in my head of a problem once I’ve written a song about it. Writing this EP meant that I had to comb over a lot of historical upsets that I had, whether with people in my life or often just battles with myself. Basically any beef I have now = SQUASHED.
Each track tells a unique story. How do you usually start writing a song? Is it with a melody, a lyric, or something else?
I mostly just look through my notebook for a random little line that I think sounds interesting to pull on.Then I’ll usually just untangle that line and write loads of other stuff linked to it.. often while the producer I’m working with plays some chords.. It usually just comes together pretty simultaneously. Apart from when something big has happened in my life and I’ll storm into the studio and be to the producer like ‘YOU WOULD NOT BELIEVE WHAT HAS HAPPENED’ and then we chat about it for like 3 hours and maybe sometimes write a song about it if we get round to it.
“Art and music? It’s everything. It’s culture, its communication, it’s everywhere. There’s not a single bit of society that art and music doesn’t impact.”
Your voice has completely captivated me and I’m totally in love with all the songs on your album. I probably couldn’t name a personal favorite. Do you have a favorite track on the EP? If so, why is it special to you?
Thank you!! <3 I actually don’t have a favourite..I think Ghost girl and Terry and Julie are the most fun to play live, Found My Brain is my fave hype song, Pet names is the biggest earworm and All things Change just makes me want to cry a bit. Basically I couldn’t choose which one to save from a burning building. (sighs)
And I’m curious, is there a hidden gem or an under-the-radar detail in the album that you’re particularly proud of and hope fans will notice?
All things change has a lot of personal meaning to me.. I rewrote the lyrics a few times in the years since writing it because.. well.. All things DO change! I definitely love having little jokes and nods to stuff within the lyrics of the songs. I’m not great at playing a long game but this has made me think that I definitely should start adding in more easter eggs into my music!
What was your family’s reaction, especially your father’s, to the EP’s title and its connection to his joke? (smile)
I was in a hotel in Glasgow trying to think of EP names and I had already phoned up my parents to ask their advice on some really bad ones. Nothing had really stuck until I thought of this one and this joke and then I instantly leapt out of bed and called my parents and they just laughed and were like ‘That’s the one’. The best part of it being called that is that the joke has made a resurgence and my dad tells it 10x more now.
Which song from the EP are you most excited to perform live?
I performed Ghost Girl acoustically at my London shows and that’s always my favourite as people always join in. I think I must have got carried away and done like 20 reruns of the chorus just so I could hear people keep singing it. (laughs)
“I sort of had a mental block when writing and couldn’t quite dig deep enough to my own shit. But now I love pulling up my old drama to write songs about.”
Having sold out shows, how do you define success for yourself as an artist?
Success for me has always just been that I can wake up every day and do music and be able to put it out and sing at shows. Anything else that comes with that is just amazing and icing on the cake. Sidenote I would love a collaboration with Crocs.
What impact do you believe art and music have on society?
It’s everything. It’s culture, its communication, it’s everywhere. There’s not a single bit of society that art and music doesn’t impact. Where would we be in this world without The Muppets huh?
You have a WhatsApp group for fans, which is pretty cool. What’s like connecting with your fans this way?
I love chatting shit and love making friends so any excuse to do both of those things at the same time is great!
And is your cat photo chat group still going? We at c-heads are keen to join – we’re cat heads too! (laugh)
It is!! Ugh I love cats. All are welcome to Cat Chat!!!
The most important thing in life is?
Cats, rats, the muppet show, trips to B+M, family, friends, ceramics and Yorkshire tea.
Thank you so much for your time and have a great gig in leeds!
Thank you so much!!! <3 See you on the cat chat.
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