Eddie Arjun’s Quarantine Videos are striking in their strident tone. With over thirty of these videos created during the quarantine, there is a glee to be found about them, a sense of triumph. The sadness of the experience led many to create fine art, and Eddie is just one of those artists. Over the course of the journey, he crafts a sound distinctly his own. Various collaborations add to the sense of togetherness and celebration that the tracks radiate. While separated, Eddie takes the beats of the drummers (typically 30 to 60 second snippets) and brings them into his work. All of these drummers can be found on Instagram, and, to add to the spontaneity of the project, the drummers don’t know about the completed work until after Eddie finishes it.
Moments of the work draw from Dick Dale’s impeccable surf rock. The way Eddie makes the guitar sing is truly masterful, as whole narratives are drawn out all without him needing to say a single word. Far beyond the ordinary, his intense razor-sharp dexterity brings to mind some of the guitar greats, as snippets of Hendrix’s powers can be heard on display alongside the rawer, gritter folksy aspects of John Fahey. By taking all these influences on into a singular whole there is a brilliance to be found.
“Remembrance” shows off Eddie’s fiery, passionate performance. Accompanied by Sean Ball on drums there is a driving rhythm to the entirety of the thing. His ability to bring together elements of psychedelic, classic rock, and even a hint of tropically-orientated jazz into the fray feels additionally poignant. Some of the moments have a truly inspired presence about them, for they seem to suggest an anticipation of when people will once again be together.
On the beautifully titled “Hug (feat. Rory Dolan)” there’s a funky, tender-hearted ode that runs through the trip. A sort of dripping shimmering sound takes over, for the groove is a blissful thing to behold. With reference abounding all the way to Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s surreal lo-fi pop influences, Eddie’s guitar work has a sense of community to it, one that goes for a subtle form of poignancy.
A physicality of sorts defines “Hope” as Tom Trotter’s drumming is a perfect counterpoint to the soulful groove that takes shape. The limberness of the sound has an old-school late 60s psychedelic pop spirit to it. Within the track’s very DNA, elements of Velvet Underground’s fuzzed-out licks mixed with the modern touches of the Strokes merges to form a singular stream of consciousness sound. Volume is an absolute must for there is a fire to it all.
“Groove Jones” featuring Michelle Pietrafitta on drums, shows how good collaboration can be even when far removed. The way that the duo spits out fire from their respective instruments blows the mind. Every gesture matter for they weave their way through the entirety of the adventure, with every single flourish reverberating into the infinite, as the groove has such a tautness to it.
Eddie has a deeper cadence on the heavy style of “Voyage Within” and Samuel Paul Gerald’s drumming helps guide it along. There is a slight nod to the 80s within the mix, as the heroics of the guitar work has a metal meets funk aspect to it. Bass elements help to lend the track a bit of gravitas to it for the song never feels rushed, rather the atmospherics really matter.
The great colors flair out on the jagged edges of “Beyond (feat. Alexander Flood)” as there are heavy electronic cadences that filter on into the epic sound. Alexander Flood’s drumming features a clear debt to electronic music, more specifically jungle’s wild rambunctious spirit. Guitar and drums fuse themselves together to create this all-consuming whole, one that demands to be played as loudly as possible.
A delicate balance between Eddie and Jon Foster emerges on the carefree “Pleasures”. Neat washed-out effects further add to the beachside spirit of the work. Great patterns are formed throughout adding to the sense of pure adventure. Everything about it has an airy disposition, for the flexibility of the sound feels beautiful.
With “Pick It Up (feat. Andwele Simons)” Eddie has a big, gargantuan take on the riffs. Everything here goes for a distinct overwhelming swagger. From the low-slung hit of the bass to the hyperactivity of the drumming, it all has a living, breathing organic quality to it. Quite funky in nature, there is almost a classic 70s groove to it, for the lo-fi aesthetic further adds to the raw gritty spirit.
Eddie Arjun’s work neatly brings together so much, from the past of rock n’roll to glimpses of what its future may hold. He does this in a way that is respectful of the roots of the sound. Impeccable chops dominate the whole of the journey, and out of all the difficulties that the pandemic has wrought, it is doubly refreshing to see some well-crafted creativity come out of it.