If I were to tell you that The Eden House was a collaborative project between an ex-member of the Fields Of The Nephilim and an ex-member of This Burning Effigy, then I would perfectly understand if you started to ease yourself towards the door, muttering about how late it was, and how you're sure you left the oven this morning, and about you'd forget your mum was coming to stay for a week, and you're sure she's sitting at the airport waiting for you, and if all else fails faking a seizure and rushing out to get your meds from the car.
However, you would be doing a grave disservice to Stephen Carey, formerly of This Burning Effigy, and Tony Pettitt, formerly of the Fields Of The Nephilim. Good job I didn't mention the presence of Julianne Regan from All About Eve, some Faith & The Musers and a handful of assorted Nephilims and Nefilims. It's like your own personal gothfest. Luckily for all concerned, then, that this is a remarkably good, albeit quiet project.
Carey and Pettit have gone for a fairly minimalist approach, with textures and ambiences filling out a surprisingly melodic and strong set of songs. It's as if the music has been stripped back to a skeletal structure before being fleshed out in diaphanous membranes. Jump on to the second track, 'All My Love', where Julianne Regan contributes her first vocal, and prepare to be amazed. And so it continues with the standout tracks 'Iron In The Soul', 'Fire For You' and 'The Beauty Of Science'.
I never expected to be blown away by this, but I was. You should give it a chance.