An Imperfect Harmony is the debut album by Franco-British musician David Guez.
The first of two concept albums, it could be described as an attempt to capture the essence of the elusive and mysterious nature of time. Featuring the narrator as a young boy and an adult, navigating back and fourth between an imaginary past and a fantasised future, the album is presented as separate “stories” that unfold over a dreamlike, contemplative journey through unexpected, metaphorical emotions and a compelling, surreal world.
An Imperfect Harmony plays around with the notion of reality, observing the world and questioning dreams and imagination in a contemplative “art pop” scenario, both melancholic and optimistic.
Featuring collaborations with music arranger Chris Elliott (Amy Winehouse, Mark Ronson) and Art Director Lawrence Azerrad (Esperanza Spalding, Sting), the album was recorded between Paris, London, New York and mixed in LA by Mick Guzauski (Daft Punk, Pharrell Williams).
David Guez describes his music as “out of step with the times”.
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”, David 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 that “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 from London to Paris saw him lock himself away for a number of years to focus on writing and recording. An Imperfect Harmony…and its sequel. A big step indeed.