On Eden, Nash's second solo album, he avoids the pitfalls that face any album of easygoing, inoffensive music—the seven tracks are too detailed and rich to slide by unnoticed or unloved. Parts of the album were recorded in Bali, and the melodic beauty of Balinese gamelan is a lingering presence, most notably on "Down In Babakan" and "Police Bribe." But Eden has other stylistic touchstones. One is Japan, where Nash lived for several years. During his time there in the '00s, he dug through the country's deep archives of experimental ambient and minimal music, and the chimes and percussion of "Agape" seem to nod to artists like Midori Takada and Yas-Kaz.
Elsewhere, Nash displays both restraint and compositional skill. On "Maroon Crisp," thick textures and chords gesture towards something beautiful rather than try to capture beauty head-on. I have no idea if the person referenced in "Conversations With Mike" is exotica maestro Mike Cooper, but the track's echoey guitars and sluggish bassline are in line with his vision of music from the tropics. If there's one element that defines this album, it's the mellow feeling of its composition and instrumentation. This is most confidently exhibited on Eden's closer, "Lime," an exquisite track where the delicate guitar work and long pauses between each piano chord suggest Nash has found his own sonic paradise.