Tuesday, January 17, 2012

David Myhr - Soundshine (Update - with review!)

Though still waiting for the full CD to arrive, I don't want to wait to present you the music of David Myhr.
The Stockholm-based former member of The Merrymakers released his first solo record in Japan already last year. A proper European release will follow in 2012.


David says: ”I love that tingling down the spine when I hear a great song – when superior craftmanship meets the magic. I constantly strive for that that with my own songs”.

Maybe that passion for great music reflects also in the title of the record - Soundshine. One of the best titles for a long time!

The songs I could listen so far (Looking For A Life, Loveblind, Got You Where He Wanted) are somewhere between Jellyfish, The Beatles, Mike Viola's Lurch and The Feeling. And they are very catchy, great songs.

Looking for a Life by davidmyhr

Got you where he wanted by davidmyhr

Update

Finally the Japanese pressing of Soundshine arrived. After listening to it several times, all I can say is: Thumbs up! This is a PowerPop gem - from start to finish.

Never Mine is a strong opener, leading to the catchy Looking For A Life and Got You Where He Wanted. I Love The Feeling has such a summer feeling, you have to play this in a convertible. Get it Right starts slowly and builds up to one of the best songs of the record (what a chorus!). Cut To The Case is a dangerous earworm (and also convertible friendly). With Don't Say No and Loveblind follow two more upbeat songs. The One is a beautiful ballad (there are some parts that remind me a lot of Billy Joel and Queen). Wanderlust and Icy Tracks are pure PowerPop. Ride Along has some Beatlesque parts. The last two tracks are Japan exclusive: Boom Boom Beat has a harder rock sound. The album ends with Record Collection, a song about how important it is to have a good taste in music...

Soundshine has not a single filler - and a lot of memorable songs. 2012 starts good!

So Mr. Myhr - how about Germany?


Official website: davidmyhr.com 

2 comments:

  1. Hey PowerPopSquare!

    Today's artists are supposed to have a dialogue with their listeners. (Instead of keeping quiet and pretending to be "unreachable" although in fact you're down at the local grocery store buying milk... and VERY reachable). So in order to live up to that I will now instantly respond to your review and it's final question: How about Germany? Well, let me put it like this – I would absolutely LOVE to come to Germany at any time!!! So please keep spreading the word to make it possible. Feel free to follow and like me on http://facebook.com/davidmyhr

    And the album WILL be released throughout Europe by Lojinx (www.lojinx.com) in the spring so please make sure your local record dealer (if there's any left...) hears about it.

    Lastly I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for a fantastic review. It's the first one I read so I am very humbly thankful and relieved! It's funny you should mention listening to my music in a convertible car because that's what I've been aiming for all the time (although they're not too useful in cold Sweden). So let's get the album, rent a car each, and go to sunny California!

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  2. @ David Myhr:
    Thanks for your post! I think you're in good company at Lojinx (Bleu, David Mead, Farrah, Fountains Of Wayne, Brendan Benson, Benn Lee... !) Keeping fingers crossed for German gigs.

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