If you take a listen to the upcoming record from David Myles (and I strongly suggest that you do), you will find a record steeped in romantic pop as much as it is a folk record among countless other labels and genres I could slap upon it. Not being tied down to one specific genre is an incredibly liberating experience for both the writer as well as the listener.
The advantage that Myles holds over some of his contemporaries is that these musical shifts he undertakes on “Turn Time Off” (to be released in Canada on April 21) sound completely natural within the bigger scope of the record as a whole.
Even though “Turn Time Off” was first my encounter with the obviously gifted Myles, he insists that being a musical chameleon has always been the case and how he has always written songs.
He feels that what helps set his latest record apart from his previous work happened all behind the scenes as opposed to during the recording process.
“In the past, I would tend to get the vibe of the song and treat the songs as separate entities,” Myles begins to explain. “And then depending on the vibe I was getting from the song, I would have a lot of guests come in and play. So although the songs didn’t necessarily suffer for it, the band was rarely the same people playing from song to song.”
“For my new record, it was a more cohesive process in that I had the same band play on every song. I had done a lot of touring with this group of guys and that was a big factor in everything coming together so easily.”
Myles is quick to defer much of the credit for the smooth creation of his new record to producer Joel Plaskett. Myles not only had the benefit of working with a seasoned musician in Plaskett, but an extraordinary songwriter who took him down a slightly different path:
“Everything started with him and me just sitting together and looking at the songs. I had never had an ‘editor’ before and took the time to look at my songs in this way. It was an awesome experience.”
“We drilled down and looking at the songs to the extent that Joel was up for suggesting lyrical changes if he felt it best served the song,” Myles says.
“I definitely gained a new level of respect for Joel after working with him on this record,” Myles enthuses. “He has so much creative energy, he really brought a tireless focus to the record. He never slowed down and never lost interest or focus on the end goal.”
“I like to think I’m a hard-working guy, but Joel showed me a whole different level of being a hard worker,” he laughs.
Aside for some upcoming shows through the province of New Brunswick, Myles admits that his tour schedule isn’t firmed up much beyond that but also notes that things have a way of falling into place.
“Through the spring and summer, I think that we are going to focus on garnering publicity for the record and will hopefully have a nice story built to tour around in the fall.”
“It’s going to be busy though – no doubt about it. My schedule always fills in much more than I ever anticipate it will.”
You can visit David Myles online at www.davidmyles.com.