Since he dumped his early career path in government and politics about eight years ago, David Myles has steadily chiseled out a winning profile on Canada’s music scene.
He has won or been nominated in multiple categories of the East Coast Music Awards and Folk Music Awards, among other notices. This is all the more impressive since the Halifax singer-songwriter, guitarist and trumpeter hasn’t been the easiest talent to market. His sound touches on folk, soul and jazz, drawing inspiration from soul singer Sam Cooke and jazz crooner Chet Baker among others, and his last 2010 album Turn Time Off was a decidedly night-oriented disc produced by Joel Plaskett.
Now Myles has taken it another direction on his fifth CD Into the Sun, tapping his love of Brazilian and African rhythms in songs that are positively sunny, borrowing from gentle samba grooves and guitar sounds to weave a spell with his cool hooks. There are even a couple of instrumental tracks.
“It was a big step out of a lot of comfort zones,” admits Myles. “Up until now, my stuff changed genres but it was pretty based in traditional song formats. I wanted to experiment a bit more, particularly with world music, with rhythmic stuff and harmonies.”
One tune, “Simple Pleasures,” even comes in a remix take with guest rapper Classified. The density of those tunes will face a thinning out when Myles performs Thursday with the backing of guitarist Alan Jeffries at the Haven, and he intends to draw from his older recordings too. Either way, he’s a rare talent who continues to impress, and you can’t help but wonder when the guy is going to gain a much bigger audience.