David Guez describes his music as “out of step with the times”, and while his album certainly takes influences from some of his musical heroes, lyrically an artist emerges who has taken time to observe the world around him.
With a background littered with musical influence - “my great-grandfather and great-uncle were both renowned Oriental musicians, they played the violin and the lute and travelled throughout North Africa”, Guez began writing songs before he could play an instrument.
His obsession with music began after discovering his mother’s record collection and listening to The Beatles over and over again. His initial motivation for songwriting was to emulate his musical heroes. He was struck by the musical integrity of artists such as Burt Bacharach, Paul McCartney, Donald Fagen, Kate Bush, Kraftwerk, Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye.
Staying true to one’s musical integrity is a theme which has been threaded throughout David’s life and after “many setbacks and false starts” including touring, mainly in the US, working and making records with electronic outfits, with The Real Tuesday Weld, putting out music on labels such as PIAS, Six Degrees, UCMG he learned “it is best not to expect the music industry to help realise one's dreams and solve one's problems, and much wiser to rely on oneself to make things happen.” A move to Paris saw him lock himself away for a number of years to focus on writing and recording.
His debut solo album, An Imperfect Harmony, is the first of two concept albums and was recorded between Paris, London, New York and mixed in LA by Mick Guzauski (Daft Punk, Pharrell Williams).The project features a range of collaborators, including music and string arranger Chris Elliott (Amy Winehouse, Mark Ronson) and Art Director Lawrence Azerrad (Esperanza Spalding, Sting).
Tracks include: An Invisible Man - “just rolling and rolling the dice”, “don’t let them know there’s something strange about you”, an enigmatic tale of hope and confusion.
A Revelation - “I see people come and go, people fade away, people on their own with nothing left to shout about” - contemplating how songs are a way of communicating something special about our place in the universe.
While the songs on An Imperfect Harmony offer a slightly nostalgic, dreamlike contemplation of the past and future through the eyes of the narrator as a young boy and an adult, the music could generally be described as an attempt to capture the essence of the mysterious and elusive nature of time. The first single will be accompanied by an enigmatic, Magritte - inspired video - aptly Magritte’s work challenged observers’ preconditioned perceptions of reality.
October and November sees David take to the road with a five-piece band promoting the release of the album. Dates include London at The Monarch on October 29th and Le Bus Palladium in Paris on November 10th.