Gray Owl Point – “Into The Sun” Review

October 3, 2011

It’s good to know that David Myles is not only a prolific songwriter, but he’s also a prolific songwriter who releases an inordinate amount of quality music. Just last year he released his fourth full-length Turn Time Off and this year released a live album. Now he’s already on his next full-length, Into The Sun.

The new album shows an interesting difference in his sound. The folkier and rootsier side of Myles has taken a bit of a backseat to a Myles inspired by world music. His tracks are sprinkled with simple but effective melodic arrangements and a generally happy outlook on life.

There is a whole lot to love about this record. For example, there are the two instrumental tracks “The Sea” and “The Bottom.” The former is a track where Myles’ world music influence can be heard, while the latter is a more jazz-inspired number.

Then there’s “Run” which is the opening number and has the added bonus of being a cappella. It’s a very catchy number that will be easy to sing along with after just a listen.

Myles gets into more dreamy territory on a few songs. “Nina” is the more surreal song that sounds so laid-back and tropical it sounds like it got its origin in a beach resort. “Ooh La La” also falls into this and is equally as pleasing.

There’s also a few sombre tunes that prevent the record from being pure bliss, and this is intentional. “I’ll Never Know” is almost an almost cynical song about all the knowledge one person doesn’t have. As well, there’s “Time To Be a Man” which, as the name implies, is a song about growing up and facing reality. “Leaving,” while not a strictly sad song by melody is actually kind of depressing, written from the point of view of someone who’s basically given up on trying to succeed in a relationship.

Back to the more upbeat, Myles’ catchy track “Simple Pleasures” gets two iterations on the album- one as the actual track that follows “Run” and one that ends off the album and was mixed by none other than Classified. The latter track makes Myles’ trumpet playing (which can be heard quite frequently) sound pretty radical.

This is a very strong album from an obviously very talented singer-songwriter. If the masses haven’t yet heard of Myles it’s time they do. Hopefully this album will convince them.

Into The Sun will be available October 4th. Check out his website for all the latest news.

Top Tracks: “Run”; “Ooh La La”

Rating: Hunting Call (Excellent) +*swoop*