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Things Have Changed

by David Myles

“Things Have Changed” features horns reminiscent of Al Green’s soul music, Mississippi John Hurt-style finger-picking, and a rich vocal that falls somewhere between Chet Baker and Paul Simon.
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1. Things Have Changed
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2. Love Again
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3. Where I Want To Be
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4. Last Night
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5. When It Comes My Turn
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6. So Good To Me
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7. Take Your Bow
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8. Forget About The Past
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9. Carry Me
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10. One Day
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
2006 International Songwriting Competition winner David Myles’ second full-length album, “Things Have Changed”, is the latest in a long line of musical achievements.

At age eleven, he was a finalist in the Connaught Street School lip synch contest for his version of “Heartbreak Hotel”. Ten years later, Myles played with a blues band in a Chinese soccer stadium. The show was televised to millions of people. Back in Canada, he opened for west-coast rap group “The Rascalz” as a beat-boxer. This year he played trumpet on recent but unreleased Buck 65 recordings.

Add to that a well-received debut album, “Together and Alone”, and you’ve got a man whose appetite for music is insatiable.

Myles’ new album, “Things Have Changed” departs from the traditional definition of roots music. Co-produced with Charles Austin (Joel Plaskett, Matt Mays, Buck 65), “Things Have Changed” features horns reminiscent of Al Green’s soul music, Mississippi John Hurt-style finger-picking, and smooth vocals that fall somewhere between Chet Baker and Paul Simon.

Myles has opted for the “full band” treatment of his songs with horns, pedal steel, mandolin, banjo, piano, Wurlitzer organ, guitar, upright bass and drums. “Things Have Changed” features some of Atlantic Canada’s finest musicians. Jill Barber, Dale Murray (Cuff the Duke, Buck 65, Nathan Wiley), Matt Murphy (Flashing Lights, Superfriendz), Gabe Minnikin (The Guthries), Tom Easley (Hot Toddy), Geoff Arsenault (Ray Bonneville, Carlos Del Junco), and others join forces to create an album reminiscent of early Ry Cooder, Tom Waits and J.J. Cale.

For more information on David Myles and his extensive touring schedule, visit his website: www.davidmyles.com.

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Jeremy Morris


Sometimes I think that the male singer/songwriter thing is dead. Thanks to people like James Blunt and John Mayer, I cringe whenever I see someone take the stage with just their guitar.

Luckily, that's far from the case with David Myles. He's more blues or folk than singer/songwriter (in the context I used it above). But however you want to classify his sound, it's worth a listen. His songs are enough to convince anyone within earshot that its still ok for a guy to get on stage with a guitar and nothing else (other than of course, his sharp touring suit).

His new album builds on his 2005 debut Together & Alone. The new album is more upbeat than his last and it chugs along at a toe-tapping pace. The guitar work is superb and the additional instruments and vocals are a welcome addition to the sparser Together & Alone. During live shows Myles tells great stories, both during and in-between songs. But the melodies are what steal the show. Whether singing about a killer hangover or the guises we put on in our various relationships, Myles excels at extracting the important details of any sentiment and setting them to appropriate chords and rhythms.

He's probably stopping in your city, so go check him out and buy his CD.
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Antoine


A Canadian friend of mine made me discover David Myles after a hardworking, overcrowded, noisy evening at the Eiffel tower... That music's got an healing power my ears truely appreciate! It feels so good.
I must say I loved it right away. This night, somehow, "things have changed"!
What if I want to buy his CD from France?
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Paul Myles

really impressive
This is very impressive work. Very real lyrics with a tune that takes hold of you
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Cathereine Moore

Great CD
I bought this CD for my mom. She loves this artist and heard the CD at a friends house. It is awesome!!!
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Patty Thomas

Treat yourself to an amazing CD. Each song is a gem.
David Myles is just a young man but he writes like someone who has seen many years. But is isn't just his lyrics that are great. Each song has a style all its own and some interesting arrangements. Okay, I really do not know a lot about music but I know what I like. My brother sent me this CD and after playing it for a few weeks I have been buying it for my closest friends. I feel it is my duty to share such a treasure.
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arab

voice like crist autum wind
fully enjoy this CD for it's happy display of heavy topics. Bring encuragment to everyone who listens to it.
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Graham Mulligan

Things are changing all the time and that's why this CD is a hit.
Another workday, the radio alarm pops on, I'm already awake, dozing... good old CBC...plays a tune. Whoa! What's that? Well I'm gettin' old? But I'm not old yet! yikes! that's me!! hey, who is this guy, gotta get that one.
Ok, so you get the message. I really like this tune and so I went online and bought it, and I am a satisfied customer. Retired and all.
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The Daily News (Halifax) - Jerry West

Myles’s latest CD a mix of influences
Some things surprise you when you first learn them, but later they make sense. Things like singer-songwriter David Myles’s relationship with the trumpet.

Myles has been playing the trumpet since he was 10, because at the school he went to in Fredericton, playing in the band was considered cool. It was his introduction to music, and he lugged the horn back and forth to band practise every day throughout junior high and high school.

Now, it’s getting him recording work with the likes of Buck 65 and The Superfriendz.

But after a handful of listens to Myles’s second album Things Have Changed, the trumpet isn’t likely to be the thing that stands out in your mind.

The music is powered by Myles’s acoustic guitar, with the upright bass of Hot Toddy’s Tom Easley and Geoff Arsenault brushing on the drums. Between them, they create an often driving rhythm, to offset Myles’s smooth voice.

“The last thing I wanted to do was put trumpet in a song just because I could,” said Myles, who moved to Halifax from Toronto last September. “I tried to find places where it really belonged.”

And he found such places in six of the 10 tracks on the album.

The horn follows Myles and the velvety-voiced Jill Barber as they float down the languid romantic stream of Love Again, with lines such as “Please tell me why you won’t believe, that I’m the only one for you and you’re the only one for me.”
And it provides a quiet rise above his voice, as he channels a jazz-inflected Leonard Cohen on Last Night, with bawdy lines such as “Well I may be strong and able, but my discipline is shameful, and I can’t say no to a night that calls my name.”

But just as important to the album is the haunting pedal steel behind Take Your Bow or the banjo on When it Comes My Turn. The latter is a raucous tune with a loose chorus of voices singing “I want to die with a smile when it comes my turn.”

It’s the kind of joyful song that could pull you out of the crankiest of moods.

Myles came to singing because of his fascination with trumpeter/singer Chet Baker, and only took up the guitar so he could have something to accompany himself with. Songwriting came, he says, because it seemed easier than learning to cover other people’s tunes.

He mixes all of his influences together on Things Have Changed and comes up with a hybrid roots-and-B style with intelligent, complex lyrics and a musicality rich in subtle emotions. And above all, it’s a lot of fun.
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Telegraph Journal - Grant Kerr

MYLES AHEAD: Fredericton songwriter David Myles lets the jazz seep in
David Myles has a degree in political science.

His real education, though, came through travel, trumpet, Chet Baker and Hot Toddy.

Myles, a Frederictonian, has just released his sophomore album, Things Have Changed, which bears each of these influences and a whole lot more.

It fits in perfectly with New Brunswick’s woodsy masters Hot Toddy and Isaac and Blewett.

Toddy’s Tom Easley’s double bass is all over it, as are several other East Coast titans. Jill Barber sings back-up on two tracks, former Guthries Dale Murray (Buck 65) and Gabe Minnikin add pedal steel, mandolin, banjo and vocals, Matt Murphy (Flashing Lights/ Super Friendz) plays guitar on one cut and super session drummer Geoff Arsenault hits the skins.

“Coming into the second (album), I had a little bit more confidence,” Myles said over his phone recently from Halifax where he now lives.

Reviews for his debut, Together and Alone, were great. The press for this follow-up should be just as good as Myles delivers an upbeat, easygoing 10-song package of skilled songwriting and great musicianship.

It’s not surprising. Myles has packed in a lot of life into his 25 years. At 15 he spent a year in Belgium as part of a Rotary exchange. It was an important time.

“I didn’t have a lot of friends. I listened to a lot of music. Playing trumpet was my refuge. I listened to a lot of jazz and a lot of classical,” Myles said.

His father, Jim Myles, directed musicals at Fredericton High School for 30 years, an irony, considering his son’s musical tastes. (“I have never been a big fan of musicals,” said Myles the younger). At age seven, David made his stage debut in Oliver. It wasn’t too many years later that he picked up the trumpet.

After his third year of political science at Mount Allison University, Myles went overseas again, this time to China.

It was there that the young man, now 25, picked up the guitar.

“I bought a $30 guitar and started songwriting. I guess that’s what I’m best at,” Myles said. The songs came naturally, and besides, “I am not going to be the best trumpet player because I’m not going to practise eight hours a day.”

Still, all those years listening to jazz seeped in. On record, Miles Davis taught him economy of phrasing and Chet Baker encouraged him to sing.

“I cranked this CD (The Best of Chet Baker Sings) all day. Before that I hadn’t really been singing,” Myles said of the tragic boy wonder of jazz.

He’s appreciative of a trio of hometown heroes as well.

“Hot Toddy definitely got me into roots music.”

Before heading out on a Canada-wide tour, David Myles is playing a string of New Brunswick dates with Halifax’s Jill Barber. Myles plays Struts Gallery Monday solo, With Barber he plays Fredericton’s Charlotte Street’s Arts Centre on Friday, Rothesay’s Sessions Café on Saturday.

Myles also plays Muniac Park (north of Florenceville) on June 17 as part of Fred Eaglesmith’s Down East Picnic.
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DutchieHfx

what an awesome artist!
I have absolutely no musical expertise, but I know a talented singer / songwriter when I hear one!
David Myles' songs belie this talent's young age:
the lyrics, the variety of vocals and instruments which accompany him, are of surprising quality.
The genre is hard to pin down, but this record appeals to my interest in jazz, blues and roots alike.
My best investment in a long time!!!
When It Comes My Turn is the catchiest tune I have heard in years: can't stop singing it! How great the lyrics, how wonderful the sentiment . . .
This artist makes me proud to be a Maritimer, even if one "from away"!
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