Roots Music Canada – Into the Sun – Review

October 3, 2011

Sunshine and “Simple Pleasures” with David Myles

The autumnal equinox has come and gone; October has arrived, and with it, grey days and a chill in the air. Summer, with its warm afternoons at folk festivals and starry nights around the campfire, is but a memory.

Good news: David Myles’ sunshine-filled single “Simple Pleasures,” produced by East Coast hip hopper Classified, is the perfect antidote to frost warnings.

Myles, a Fredericton native now living in Halifax, is known for his sweet voice and lively, rhythmic guitar tunes, but this song takes that “poppy” feel to the next level. The chorus has a great hook, but the whole song is ridiculously catchy — is there such a thing as a sing-and-dance-along? Let’s just call it “anthemic.”

A simple hand-clap keeps time, complimented by horns, echo, repeats and stutters. All the while, washed out, beach lit stop motion photographs from Hiep Vu narrate a story of summer parties: a spinning Panama hat, a margarita that makes itself, a plunge into a pool.

If you like this collaboration, be sure to check out the co-write David did on Classified’s “The Day Doesn’t Die,” where the proportions of folk to hip hop have been reversed.

David Myles’ new record is available tomorrow, October 4th, and is aptly titled Into the Sun. If you can’t wait that long, his Live at the Carleton (released earlier this year) is one of the best live records we’ve heard lately.