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MUSIC REVIEW OF THE DAY: DAVID MYLES – SO FAR

By Bob Mersereau, Top 100 Canadian Blog
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Our pal Dave has sneaked this one into the market without fanfare, largely because it’s not new per se. Instead, it’s a collection of some of his fan-favourite tracks from his career, rerecorded with his live band in a relaxed studio session, to do them much the same way you’d hear them in concert. Also, this was first made a couple of years ago to have a sort of best-of for U.S. audiences as he toured there, to give them something to pick up at the shows that included all the songs they’d heard that night.

It’s actually a great pick-up for us regular fans too, as it gives the stripped-down feel to many tracks that received a bigger studio production. Now we get them as easy-going, largely acoustic tracks, highlighted by Myles with his core trio members Kyle Cunjak (acoustic bass) and Alan Jeffries (lead acoustic guitar), which is the way we see him most often. There is a bit more embellishment, notably subtle drums from pal/producer Joshua Van Tassel, and occasional keys and pedal steel. While we miss the more experimental side Myles incorporates on his regular albums, the flights into hip-hop or travels to Latin areas, horn lines and such, it’s just as enjoyable to have him record in this form. He truly would make an excellent bluegrass James Taylor for today.

Due to the obvious restrictions, it’s not a true best-of, as the acoustic style doesn’t lend itself to the Classified collaborations such as “Inner Ninja” or “So Blind.” But “Turn Time Off” and “When It Comes My Turn” sure feel good, and Jeffries gets to excel at his guitar lines as he does on stage. “Change My Mind” gets a great ’50s arrangement, complete with some fun doo-wop backing from the gang. And “Need A Break” proves you don’t need amps to rock. It’s a must-add to your Myles collection.

Calgary Herald: “Elegance and grace still an apparent option from performing artists”

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By Dan St. Yves, Calgary Herald
Photos by Dan St. Yves

Recording artists from long bygone eras seemed to have the market cornered on exuding coolness, grace and elegance both with their recorded work, and their live performances. A few of those performers are still around, and they’re just as classy as ever. Tony Bennett and Johnny Mathis come to mind, both still capable of sharing their catalogues of popular songs that have stood up for decades, and in a way when you see either of them live that makes you wish there were more musical acts of that calibre level still out on the road or appearing in some swanky, high-class nightclub. Read More

Local Xpress: David Myles’ new music goes the distance

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David Myles is in the midst of packing for an Alberta tour to promote his own brand-new EP, Here Now.

By Stephen Cooke, Local Xpress

Most Nova Scotians were cursing the late blast of winter that came earlier this week, but as resourceful Maritimers are wont to do, David Myles and Classified were able to make the most of it.

The folk-pop crooner and the Enfield MC were performing for the camera late Monday night around the waterfront of north-end Halifax, filming a music video for their collaboration Work Away, the new single from Classified’s latest album, Greatful. Read More

Here Now is David Myles – EP disponible le 8 avril sur les platformes de téléchargements

By Info-Culture

W139 PSDEmbrassant à la fois la pop, le folk et la musique soul, vous aimerez l’énergie musicale de David Myles aux sonorités situés entre le style de James Taylor et Justin Timberlake. Un album qui aligne les mélodies accrocheuses et les rythmes entrainants. Read More

Beatroute chats with David Myles on his new style and sharing his music

By Robyn Welsh, Beatroute

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David Myles has explored the world of music through listening to different genres and making records spontaneously, amalgamating whatever music he surrounds himself with at any given time. His new EP, Here Now, is fittingly how he feels both here and now. A take on contemporary pop music sewn together with Motown, Smokey Robinson, and classic soul, Here Now, is the musical offspring of Myles with frequent collaborator, Halifax-based hip-hop artist and producer, Classified.

When Myles declined a job offer in the early 2000s in order to pursue music professionally, he started by attending every open mic in every bar or coffee shop that would have him. From there, he gained enough traction and confidence to go on tour. He kept rolling, and hasn’t stopped since. But that’s just the kind of musician David Myles is — fueled with a dedication and passion for music off all styles and origins. Read More

Exclaim! previews Here Now

By Sarah Murphy, Exclaim!

East Coast music man David Myles reworked some of his past work last year for the U.S.-only compilation So Far, and now he’s ready to unveil some totally fresh material on a new EP called Here Now.

The six-song set hears Myles diving head first into the world of pop music — a focused departure from the jazz, latin, country, folk, doo wop and bluegrass sounds he’s also explored in his career up until now. Under the pop music banner, though, he still draws inspiration from a range of eclectic artists like Sade, Smokey Robsinson and Outkast.

Elements of R&B, jazz and dance do weave their way into the new songs, and there’s even some added hip-hop edge injected into “Don’t Leave It Up to Me” thanks to a cameo from Classified. In fact, the Canadian rapper’s influence can be heard across all six tracks. Continuing his working relationship with Myles beyond their collaborative 2013 hit “Inner Ninja,” Classified served as the EP’s producer.

Here Now is officially out on April 8, but you can give the whole thing an early listen now. Just hit play below.

Calgary Herald: How to launch a new album the David Myles way

By Dan St. Yves

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I received an e-mail back in early March, as did likely most anyone who had previously subscribed to David Myles’ newsletter updates. The e-mail contained the typical update for fans and subscribers — Myles had a new release coming out, Here Now.

However, the kicker was in the way he was letting early word of the recording get out, something called The Big Share. For fans that registered specifically for that option, five would be picked to receive a secret sharing link, which they were invited to send as far and wide as possible, right up to the official album release date of April 8th. Read More

David listed as one of the TOP TEN FOLK ARTISTS TO WATCH IN 2016 by the Broward Palm Beach New Times

By Lee Zimmerman, Broward Palm Beach New Times

While the perpetual cynics hem and haw that great Americana music is in scarce quantity these days, 2015 proved such assumptions couldn’t be further from the truth. Several new artists emerged from a variety of stylistic realms, proving emphatically that there remains a wellspring of excellent contemporary folk, country, soul, and Americana performers just waiting in the wings. Here then, are our picks for those who warrant be watched in the year ahead. Read More

“It’s Christmas” reviewed by the LA Times

By Randy Lewis, LA Times

We assume that fans of R&B diva Toni Braxton or holiday rock juggernaut Mannheim Steamroller will snap up their holiday albums. The challenge this time of year, every year, becomes separating the Yuletide wheat from the chaff and pointing listeners to those collections with something to offer those not already converted. Among the new releases below, those rated with three stars or more should fill that bill.

David Myles, “It’s Christmas”.

“The Canadian guitarist and singer brings genuine humility to his collection of holiday classics, a couple of below-the-radar covers and three originals, applying a Chet Atkins-like instrumental acumen without a shred of exhibitionism. Totally refreshing in its low-key charm.”

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Folk Alley reviews “It’s Christmas”

By Elena See, Folk Alley

“It’s the warm firelight on a cold winter’s night, it’s the stranger that’s holding the door. It’s the generous smile, the mother and child, it is peace ringing out over war.”

You’ll hear those words in the title track of Halifax, Nova Scotia based musician David Myles’s new Christmas recording, It’s Christmas. Those sentiments perfectly encapsulate the warm, gooey, softly smiling feeling that’s supposed to sweep over us during the holiday season. David Myles loves Christmas, it seems, and he wants us to love it, too.

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