Raised on Canada’s eastern shores by music-loving parents, David Myles has known no bounds when it comes to his obsessive fascination with all sorts of varying musical genres. With numerous albums to his credit in his homeland, and being a recipient of practically every award there is to win (including a Juno and various accolades accumulated in his native Nova Scotia), he’s built up a sizeable following north of our northern border, but has yet to share his talents with Stateside audiences. In some ways, he sounds like a cross between James Taylor and Michael Bublé, thanks to a low-key, unassuming style that ingratiates him from the first notes forward.
While much has been made of the fact that Myles leaps easily from rock to jazz, Latin music and hip-hop to purely country croons, his new album, So Far– his first to be released Stateside — parlays a pure Americana/folk feel. His tastes run from Don Gibson and Roger Miller to Frank Ocean, Aretha Franklin and Smokey Robinson, with Chet Baker, Willie Nelson, Miles Davis, Paul Simon and Duke Ellington to boot.
So Far boasts a baker’s dozen of Myles’ fan favorites, re-recorded in a subtle acoustic style. It supports the impression he’s more the wide-eyed singer/songwriter at heart. Indeed, So Far is an apt title considering the fact that it not only sums up his strengths, but also bodes the promise of what’s to come.