On Sept. 25, Nova Scotia’s own David Myles will celebrate the release of his official U.S. debut, So Far. In a unique spin, So Far isn’t exactly “new” music; rather, it’s a collection of Myles’ work over the years, reinterpreted in a stripped-down environment. Today (June 30), Diffuser is ecstatic to team up with him to unveil the first track from the collection, “Need a Break” — take it for a spin in the audio player below.
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. In fact, when listening to the record, it’s obvious Myles is sinking his whole heart into the reimagining of his music. “These are some of my favorite songs, ones that I’ve played live all over the world,” he explained when So Far was first announced. “It is a really clear reflection of who I am as a musician.”
“‘Need a Break’ is half early Johnny Cash, half JJ Cale,” Myles tells us. “I had a blast writing this one. Plus, I got to insert my love of Walt Whitman and the Tao Te Ching into it, which I was pretty pumped about!”
Myles has several shows scheduled throughout July, so make sure to check out his full tour itinerary here — and stay current with everything happening in his world at his official website.
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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.
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.
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 (the reason why David wears suits when he performs).
More than a decade later, Myles has a thriving career as a musician, hosts a CBC radio show called “East Coast Music Hour,” and tours the country winning many accolades and awards. Of his many accomplishments, the most notable is his collaboration in 2013 with hip-hop artist Classified on the song “Inner Ninja,” an anti-bullying song featuring kids in the chorus. It went on to become the best-selling rap single in the history of Canadian music, going quadruple platinum, and netted them a Juno for “Rap Recording of the Year.”
01) I Wouldn’t Dance
02) Turn Time Off
03) When It Comes My Turn
04) One In A Million
06) Something I Can Feel
07) Carry Me
08) Change My Mind
09) Tell Me What
10) Love Again
11) Need A Break
12) Way Too Long
13) I Will Love You