Music, Print, Reviews February 6, 2021

Album Review: Isadora Eden – All Night

by Kevin Johnston

If you’re willing to stop and listen, the understated can be the most powerful of art forms. This truth is beautifully demonstrated on Isadora Eden’s second EP, the vulnerable All Night, which opens like a dark, reverberated flower in your headphones.

With recording as basically the only medium in which to experience new rock bands these days, the full-throated belting and high energy antics which work on-stage aren’t always the way to tap into an audience’s feelings. The truth is, the opposite tactic does the trick. Today, from our homes, we seek connection, communion, and acknowledgement that all this isolation is hard. And giving into the gloom – even just for the length of one, intimately recorded EP – can be more of a cure than ignoring the darkness by pumping your fist.

Isadora Eden’s All Night takes us down pandemic winter’s snowy, isolated path. Photo by Sumner Erhard & Daniel DiMarchi

All Night was fully recorded and produced in Loveland, Colorado, though Eden’s residential history includes New Orleans, Brooklyn and her current home, Denver. The soft elocution in her young, muted alto reflects this well-traveled soul; one who’s stories we believe regardless of how few words they contain or how many years they took to accrue. Together with co-writer/band-mate Sumner Erhard, Eden builds thoughtful musical structures and well-woven instrumental textures throughout.

All Night’s producer, mixer and mastering engineer Corey Coffman (Gleemer, Slow Caves, Corsicana) should be given due credit for framing Eden’s minimalistic, melodic exhilations with just the right amount of dramatic rock beauty. Like a shoegaze-y Soccer Mommy cloaked in timid sincerity, Eden’s voice offers sad solidarity to those who will listen, while she, Erhard and Coffman carry her shy messages on the shoulders of stately guitars, dignified drums and echoey atmosphere.

Isadora Eden – cover photo and above by Sumner Erhard and Brett Sullivan.

All Night by Isadora Eden was released February 5 – listen to and buy it directly from the artist via the link below. The music video for the EP’s lead single “Ghosts” premieres via on February 25.