Award-winning Nova Scotian singer/songwriter David Myles has always been attracted to another time. Even as a young kid he felt the pull of history finding solace with artists such as Miles Davis and Sam Cooke rather than Nirvana and Pearl Jam like his peers. Today, Myles has made a living traversing musical time periods and genres, crisscrossing from folk, roots, jazz, and country while swinging between the forties, fifties, and sixties to 2015, with the flick of a wrist and the strum of a guitar. On September 25, he'll release his official US debut So Far via Little Tiny Records. The album's first single "Need A Break" premiered earlier today exclusively on Diffuser.
LISTEN: David Myles - "Need A Break" via Diffuser:
So Far is a collection of David's songs over the years, re-recorded and re-imagined in an acoustic stripped down format evocative of the late '50's folk/roots/swing era with an energy that somehow combines the cool of Chet Baker with the ruckus of Chuck Berry. His smooth timbre anchors each hook-filled ditty, taking the listener from plaintive and introspective songs, to upbeat and urgent tunes, and soulful and lovelorn tales wrapped inside three minutes.
"As you can instantly tell with 'Need a Break,' the stripped down environment that So Far lives in is essentially little more than Myles and his acoustic guitar; that doesn't mean it lacks energy, though," said Diffuser's Chuck Armstrong. "In fact, when listening to the record, it's obvious Myles is sinking his whole heart into the reimaginging of his music."
The youngest of four brothers, Myles grew up in a musical household on the east coast of Canada. Even though his parents were avid music lovers - the entire family played an instrument, working their way through the Royal Conservatory repertoire - they insisted that he seek higher education which landed him on the path to a political science degree. When studying Chinese in China with plans to go to law school, he began writing songs with a $30 red and green plywood guitar and started deviating from his education. He broke the news to his family that he'll be pursuing music full-time upon his return home and promised his disappointed father that he'd wear a suit to work every single day (hence why David wears suits when he performs).