Blue Eden’s global rock style is a combination of its members’ unique backgrounds along with their distinctive and creative ways of blending alternative rock sounds, South American rhythms and Afro-pop inspired guitar lines. The band’s long list of influences includes Sting, Papa Wemba, Peter Gabriel, Marisa Monte, Paul Simon and Vampire Weekend.
“We each come from different corners of the planet,” says lead singer/songwriter and guitarist, JD Duvall. Duvall hails from the Chesapeake Bay area of Maryland, but spent most of his childhood in Brussels, Belgium. Holding down the pulsating rhythms of the band is drummer David Cornejo who grew up in Peru, while bassist Alejandro Zorilla calls Uruguay his home. Guitarist Andy Rafiringa, who solos and swirls around JD’s shimmering guitar riffs, grew up in Paris, but is originally from Madagascar. All presently New Yorkers, they met through Berklee College of Music in Boston, as well as through overlapping social and music circles in the Manhattan/Brooklyn scene.
Blue Eden has spent the last year at Mission Sound Studios in Brooklyn, recording their highly-anticipated debut album, Ecstasy, released through The Orchard/Sony Music Entertainment. Mixed in Los Angeles by Jon Kaplan (My Morning Jacket, The Killers, John Butler Trio, Ray LaMontagne) and mastered by Dave McNair (Bob Dylan, David Bowie, Bruce Springsteen), Blue Eden’s 10-song debut is set for release July 2016. The band will be playing shows in support of the record throughout the NYC and East Coast area this Summer.
Lyrically, Blue Eden’s first single, “Sweet Delirium,” emanates from a tainted relationship. The sound of the arrangement however has a different derivation. “I heard the marimba and the thumb harp and was experimenting with harmonics on the guitar. The main motif on my Fender Strat came out of the inspiration I had from hearing those sounds,” says Duvall. The “Sweet Delirium” music video and single will be released June 2016.
JD Duvall - Vocals/Guitar
Andy Rafiringa - Guitar
Alejandro Zorilla - Bass
David Cornejo - Drums