'On the Road to Eden' is a pretty decent debut (and only release) from the pre-Sandrose group known as Eden Rose. The main thing missing in this version of the band is singer Rose Podwojny (aka Laurens), who would join up with the quartet after Eden Rose's demise to form what would become Sandrose (a lot of Rose's in this band's story). And indeed, all the tracks here are instrumentals, so it appears the presence of Podwojny/ Laurens may have been the missing ingredient considering that lineup achieved far greater notoriety than this one.
Eden Shadow is a relatively new name on the UK and worldwide progressive rock scene. They have been around since 2011 and ever since then they released two singles, an EP and two full-length albums. Their newest release is a sophomore full-length album titled Melodies for Maladies. The trio based in Guildford features Ryan Mark Elliott on vocals, guitars and keyboards, Alex Broben on bass, and Aled Lloyd on drums. Their music blends elements of melancholy, the spirit of Nordic folk, and British progressive rock. All of this is true; throughout this record there is surely an omnipresent feeling of melancholy, which is mostly carried by the vocal harmonies and a variety of keyboards-related stuff.
Guitarist Jean-Pierre Alarcen was recognised as a talented session musician in the 60's. The first LP he contributed to was 1966's "Les Guitares du Dimanche". Around that time, he worked with well-known French artists such as the pop-singer Jacques Dutronc and also with Le Système Crapoutchik. Following the advice of a small label's artistic director, drummer Michel Jullien, keyboardist Henri Garella, and bassist Christian Clairefond contacted Alarcen. They, as Eden Rose, went on to release a bluesy progressive rock influenced LP called "On the Way to Eden" in 1970…
Following through on the roots-rock leanings of , delivered the delightful . While some of the material is still rather lightweight - and are defiant and thoroughly entertaining throwaways - much of the record is clever and charming, delivered with laidback confidence from .