David Myles - "Night & Day" (Little Tiny Records/Fontana North): The award-winning singer/songwriter from Halifax has always been something of a musical chameleon, able to shapeshift into a number of styles convincingly. That was shown by his collaboration with Classified on "Inner Ninja," a 2013 Juno Award winner as Rap Recording of the Year, and one of Canada's best-selling rap singles ever (certified 4x platinum).
Judging by this advance cut from his upcoming album Real Love (set for release on Sept. 15), Myles is now time-travelling back to the late '50s and the just-birthed rock 'n roll sound.
He confirms this direction in a press release, stating Real Love is “a record I’ve always wanted to make….an upbeat, danceable, fun record that harkens back to the early days of rock n roll”.
The instantly grabby "Night & Day" most recalls Buddy Holly, and not just because of Myles' glasses. Stand-up bass and two crisp guitars make for a snappy backdrop to Myles' authentically retro-styled vocal delivery.
The tale of an obsessive love clocks in at just 2:17 in length, again typical for songs of that period. Hopefully that doesn't make it too short for radio play, as this would sound great on your car radio on a summer drive.
Myles will likely preview some more new material as he gigs extensively in the Maritimes over the summer, including five shows in Lunenburg, NS, Aug. 10-13. A cross-country tour in support of Real Love begins at Ottawa's NAC on Oct. 21, concluding at Ridgeway, ON, on Nov. 11. A full itinerary here.