“How’d I get so lucky? Lucky, lucky me.”
You can practically hear David Myles grinning as he sings the lyrics to Simple Pleasures off his latest album, released this week.
But if we had to hazard an answer to his question, we’d say luck has nothing to do with it. Hard work is more like it. Born and raised in Fredericton, now living in Halifax, Myles has made musical waves both at home and beyond for years and shows no signs of slowing down.
The singer/songwriter’s latest offering, Into the Sun, follows on the tails of a live album recorded earlier this year at The Carleton in Halifax. And it wasn’t too long ago, in 2010, that Myles released the critically lauded LP, Turn Time Off.
When Here caught up with Myles by phone, he was partaking in one of his favourite “simple pleasures” – an austumn swim at Long Lake in Nova Scotia.
Although Myles says he’s ecstatic about the attention Simple Pleasures (produced by Halifax rapper Classified) received all summer, it was actually a last minute addition to the album.
“That song was written right at the very end of the record. I thought I was finished, then I had just come back from Cuba and had written this fun pop song, and thought it would be so much fun to sing.
“From the time I wrote the song to the time it was done and recorded was probably two weeks in total.”
The rest of Into The Sun is a departure from Myles’ previous folk stylings. Although it hasn’t been a long time since he last released a record, you can tell the world music-infused sound has been ruminating in his mind for awhile.
“It’s really based on what I listen to. I listen to a lot of stuff from other parts of the world. I didn’t really feel like I wanted to do a straight-up folk record…It was part of the experimental nature of the record. I think most of it was just a way for me to try something new, and pay homage to a bunch of music I love.”