Myles Sanko releases with Memories Of Love an album which is more personal than ever before. The fourth album of the British musician is filled with songs about love and family life and packed up with great arrangements of soul and jazz. In our interview the creative gives us a deep insight where this style comes from.
Right from the start the sound of the album is extremely voluminous. The opening track “Where do we Stand” sounds like a great introducing of the band. The combination of piano, backing vocals, strings and the soft horn section bring back memories of live concerts. Myles Sanko sings about the relationship with his father, and tells the story of a dad, who had not been there for his family because of his job.
In the following songs he sings about the love to his wife (Memories Of Love) and the importance of being a father (Whatever You Are), which may have changed his life completely. Me as a listener love the song Streams Of Time. It catches me right from the start with the soft trumpet and brings some soul of Marvin Gaye or jazz from Miles Davis with it.
Wondering how and why
Seems like, becoming a father changed the life of Myles Sanko completely. In our interview he speaks openly and freely about his career. “The music was always there and a part of me,” Myles Sanko explains to me. Asked about the very first moment, when he made the decision to become a musician, he shares his teenage memories with me. He tells the story of a young boy, being fascinated by the effect of the voice of an artist his best friend was listening to. “He had this cassette in his Walkman and suddenly I knew: I wanted to be the voice, that impressed my friend so much”, Myles Sanko tells me.
A creative in music
He sees himself more than just a singer or a songwriter. He defines himself as a creative. When I as a music lover explore music by caching up a good voice, he starts to create songs by an arrangement. His phone is full of fragments of songs and ideas. Getting to know more about the way Myles Sanko has produced the album by selecting every instrument etc., I suddenly understand what he means by naming himself a creative and not just a singer. Looking and listening to Memories Of Love I can feel the fascination for his music better and I really want to recommend the record to the world.
The album is not just fully arranged with a perfect feeling of telling stories and putting them into music. It brings a kind of life-performed-feeling to the listener. A feeling that we all miss these days. Maybe these real deep emotions convinced me. First, I thought this would just be a good soul and jazz album. But to be honest: it sounds better, than I had expected it. I really love it by now.
Please give the album a try. I promise, that songs like Rainbow In Your Cloud will be one of your favourites. Fans of Myles Sanko may have heard the song before, but here surrounded by all the other songs it has a special place. With his great soulful voice and his band, the fourth album of Myles Sanko is his most personal record and for me it is one of the best he’s released so far.
Looking on the list of the musicians, you may understand what I mean talking about a fully loaded album sound.
Myles Sanko: Vocals & Synthesizer; Rick Hudon: Drums, Jon Mapp, Upright Bass & Electric Bass, Tom O`Grady: Grand Piana, Hammond Rhodes & Wurly, Phil Stevenson: Electric Guitar, Ric Elsworth: Percussion, Marimba & Vibes, Sam Ewens, Trumpet & Flugelhorn, Gareth Lumbers: Saxophone (Alto, Tenor, Baritone) & Flute, David Liddell: Trombone, Pete Whitefeild: Violin & Viola, Jaelee Small: Backing Vocals, Chantal Brown: Backing Vocals, Chris Moncrief: Backing Vocals
Myles Sanko live for a talk
Hopefully Myles Sanko has set the number of 15 albums as entire works. But this is a story the British creative may tell us more about in our next meeting live on stream. Because after releasing Memories Of Love on 12th March, we have the honour to welcome Myles Sanko in our live talk session on Instagram.
Join us on the 18. March at 7 pm MEZ for half an hour in our Talk & Listen session. We will have a chat about music and listen to a great tune performed live and pure by Myles Sanko.
Hopefully Myles Sanko has set the number of 15 albums as entire works. But this is a story the British creative may tell us more about in our next meeting live on stream. Because after releasing Memories Of Love on 12th March, we have the honour to welcome Myles Sanko in our live talk session. Join us at 7 pm CET for half an hour on Instagram. We will have a chat about music and listen to a great tune performed live and pure by Myles Sanko.
Fotocredit: Myles Sanko by Simon Buck