Calgary Herald: David Myles is The Gift with his holiday showcase

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


Sam Phillips would have loved David Myles.

The rock pioneer that helped launch the careers of icons like Roy Orbison, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Elvis would have picked up on the uncanny abilities Myles has to channel, not mimic a cohesive selection of roots influences into sounds that bring back another era by simple virtue of his honest stylings.

Myles was either born too late, or born just right to unite classic country, jazz, modern folk and roots with his playful lyrics to create songs that would have been as irresistible to audiences 50 or more years ago as they are today. The audience at Fish Creek Concerts stopped just short of blocking the exit, being the polite Canadian folkies that they were.

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Indie Mono: “I’m a sucker for 50s records”

The canadian singer-songwriter David Myles has released his 9th album called ‘So Far’, the first one to be released on the US. Look how happy he seems with his banana.

By Carlos, Indiemono

David Myles presents his new album ‘So Far’, a selection of some of his best acoustic songs recorded with his band. A pure and natural sound that takes the audience closer to the warm atmosphere his live sessions have. David talks about his childhood idols, his passion for Jazz, Hip-Hop and records from the 50s. We’re going through some of the brightest highlighted moments of his long musical career, like getting to discover his radio speaker facet, his hobbies and his great curator skills through ‘Romantic Picnic’, a playlist created specially for indiemono. David Myles and his small talk with the monkey crew is here.

‘So Far’ is your 9th album! Do you feel the same excitement as you felt with your first releases?
I do. Releasing a record is always exciting. But this time, it’s particularly exciting cause just like a debut record, this is my introduction to a new audience. This is my first record to be released in the US. The benefit in this case was that I was able to make 8 records and write tons of songs before I introduced myself!


By By Christina Vinson, The Boot

Nova Scotia-based artist David Myles is premiering his official music video for “When It Comes My Turn” — off his debut U.S. album, So Far — and readers of The Boot are getting to see it first.

For the clip, Myles and his trio threw a surprise party for the residents of a seniors’ home, complete with balloons, streamers, noisemakers and live music. The looks on the older adults’ faces and their excitement in seeing live music is heartwarming and an interesting concept for a music video. And the setting of this video is perfect for this song, which talks about what Myles wants to be like when he gets “old.”

“I?’m getting old, but I?’m not old yet / I?’m already worried that I might forget / How to laugh, how to love / How to live, how to learn,” he sings. “I want to die with a smile when it comes my turn.”

“I was on a really slow bus through Alberta. I was feeling old. Feeling like I was turning the corner into adulthood. Settling into the next stage of life,” Myles tells The Boot of the inspiration for “When It Comes My Turn.” “I was thinking, if I’m gonna be an adult, I want to do it right. I don’t want to go down a path of cynicism and unhappiness. So I wrote myself this little memo, reminding me to stay focused on the important stuff.

“Now I can’t become that old cynical grump I may have one day become!” he adds. “I sing it at shows every night.”

Myles was surprised when the song resonated with his parents’ generation. In his mind, he was expecting 20-somethings to identify with it, but in a surprising twist, he says, “Those who are transitioning into retirement or the later stages of life have really grabbed onto this song, and I’m so happy about that. [It] shows you that the word ‘old’ is such a perfectly relative term. It’s all in how you think of it.”

So Far dropped on Sept. 25 via Little Tiny Records. Fans can view his upcoming show dates here.

A Convozine Sound Recommendation: Jazzy Singer Songwriter David Myles

By The Soulful Sound Lounge, Convozine

David Myles is a Canadian songwriter/performer/recording artist originally from Fredericton, New Brunswick. Myles lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

His music has often been labeled folk jazz, although he prefers simply to call it “roots” music. An independent artist who self-releases his albums, Myles has been able to gain an increasingly large audience, in part because of his active touring schedule and in part because of his cross-genre musical collaborations, which include a single made with the rapper Classified that became the biggest-selling rap single in the history of Canadian music.

Purchase So Far

So Far, Myles official US debut, available now, is a collection of his songs over the years, re-recorded, with an easy-going, effortless sound. 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.

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“The first 15 seconds on “Need a Break” are catchy and upbeat with a folk/country acoustic intro giving listeners a groove to latch on to.”

KDRT 95.7fm Reviews So Far

By Korinke_42, KDRT 95.7fm

David Myles is an accomplished folk artist from Nova Scotia, and he has recorded nine studio albums, a live album, and So Far, a compilation of his greatest hits since his first studio effort in 2005. It is clear that David Myles has never steered clear of his folk roots during his career, and it is a testament to his consistency that So Far isn’t uneven, but actually quite smooth and easy on the ears. This could undoubtedly be contributed to the production, which focuses on Myles’ smoothing voice and the guitar, leaving other instruments to fill in the background, creating consistent flow throughout all the songs on the album. However, the compilation never branches out, and sometimes the tracks begin to feel a bit repetitive and tedious, such as “Carry Me.” However, the livelier tracks, such as “Need a Break,” “When it Comes My Turn,” and “I wouldn’t dance,” provide much needed jolts of energy. The slower moments have their highlights too, most notably “Turn Time Off.” Overall, this is a agreeable compilation of a solid career, and So Far would be worth a listen for fans of Myles and fans of good folk music.

Pop Matters: “So Far” Live Album Video Premiere



By Adrien Begrand, PopMatters

An award-winning folk musician in his home of Nova Scotia, David Myles releases his US debut album “So Far” today, a collection of his previous songs that have been re-recorded in stripped-down format in the tradition of 1950s folk, roots, and swing.

As a fun little way to showcase his music, he’s put together a great “live album premiere”, a playlist of he and his bandmates performing the album’s songs live in studio, which you can see (and hear) below.

“I loved making these videos,” Myles says. “This is how we operate best; live off the floor, standing really close together and doing it all at the same time. That’s how we made the record and that’s how we play live. It’s just what works for us. And I love playing that way.”

“So Far” Premieres Exclusively on AllMusic

Official US Debut out 9/25

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By Chris Steffen, AllMusic

David Myles, a singer/songwriter from Nova Scotia, compiled several of his earlier songs for his first American release, So Far. Myles gives the songs a stripped-down treatment, leaning heavily on arrangements that feature acoustic guitar for a smooth, sophisticated collection of tracks. He has a run of shows scheduled throughout the rest of 2015: dates can be found on his website. So Far is due out on September 25.

No Depression – A Myle-High View: David Myles Is Ready to Share His Skills with American Audiences

By No Depression

David_Myles_Riley_Smith-MG2Raised on Canada’s Eastern shores by music-loving parents, David Myles has known no bounds when it comes to his obsessive fascination with various musical genres. Myles has numerous albums to his credit in his homeland, and is a recipient of practically every award there is to win – including a JUNO and various accolades accumulated in his native Nova Scotia. Needless to say, he’s built a sizeable following north of our northern border, but has yet to share his talents with stateside audiences. Nattily dressed in a suit and tie, wearing his trademark specs, he looks like Buddy Holly transposed to an after-hours supper club. But Myles’s music conveys a populist appeal that leaves no one lacking. To my ears, he sounds like a cross between James Taylor and Michael Buble, thanks to a low-key, unassuming style that ingratiates him from the first notes forward.

While much has been made in the Canadian press of the fact that Myles easily leaps 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. In a recent interview, Myles said, “My current musical obsessions are Don Gibson and Roger Miller. Lately I can’t get enough of their stuff. Plus, I’m a huge fan of R&B and soul, so there’s always an R&B artist I’m loving. Right now it’s Frank Ocean, but in the ‘all-time fave’ category, I’d have to put Aretha and Smokey Robinson. [They are] musical perfection.

“I started playing music by way of the trumpet,” he adds. “That led me to Chet Baker, which inspired me to sing. Then I read an interview with Miles Davis where he expressed his admiration for Willie Nelson. So I bought Red Headed Stranger and I was hooked. I bought a guitar, and from that point on, all I wanted to do was write songs and sing them.”

So Far boasts a baker’s dozen of Myles’ fan favorites, re-recorded in a subtle acoustic style. It supports the impression that he’s more of a wide-eyed singer-songwriter at heart. Indeed, the disc’s title is apt, considering the fact that it not only sums up his strengths, but also bodes of what’s to come.

“This record was about getting the truest representation of the songs and how I play them with my band,” Myles explains. “I’ve made lots of records in lots of different ways over the years, and with each one, I’ve moved closer and closer to how they would have been done in the ‘50s. In this case, it was us sitting in the same room, no separation, no headphones, no edits, nothing. It was a blast. Once we figured out that we could actually pull it off like that, it was such a major game changer. We could really get into the magic of actually playing and singing together. This is how we sound. When you finish a record and you can say that, that’s a great feeling.”

Aside from making music, Myles also hosts a popular CBC radio program called “East Coast Music Hour,” further testament to his love of music, no matter how diverse. “I love what I do and I feel very lucky to be doing it,” he admits. “I’ve always been an obsessive music fan. I hope I’ll always be engaged and interested in learning about new music, collecting new music and collaborating with other artists. Artists like Willie Nelson, David Byrne, and Duke Ellington have the kind of approach that really inspires me. [They’re] always searching, learning, recording, and sharing the love they have for music with the world.”

David Premieres "Need A Break" — Exclusive Acoustic Video on Guitar World

By Laura B. Whitmore, Guitar World

I dare you to sit still while you watch this killer video from award-winning Nova Scotian singer/songwriter David Myles for his song “Need A Break.”

It’s a toe-tapping acoustic rockabilly-ish delight chock full of clever lyrics and some pretty sick riffin’.

The song appears on Myles’ US debut So Far which released September 25th.

Myles shares, “”I loved doing this video! It’s us in our most natural habitat: standing close, one mic, no amplification, just the three of us and the song. I’ve played with Alan and Kyle for years now all over the place and we have such a blast together. Nothing like playing music with your best friends. Especially when they rip like this! Ha! For years we searched for how to reflect the vibe we got playing live, and then we realized the key was to set up and play just as we would on stage. No messing around with head phones, no studio separation or anything like that. Once we did that, it just all made sense. We could just play and sing naturally and let the music really do its thing.”
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