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Myles Cochran is an American composer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist. Born and raised in Kentucky, Myles played in bands and worked as a producer and engineer in studios in New York City. He now makes his home in rural Devon in the UK. His recent releases have received airplay across Britain, including from luminaries such as Gideon Coe on BBC6 Music and Elizabeth Alker on BBC Radio 3. Aside from praise across the board for his solo work, Myles has also found recent acclaim for his work with Irish singer Bróna McVittie, with whom he works as co-producer and steel guitarist. When not making music, Myles devotes his attention to his ancient dog and to tending to his tomatoes.
Myles’s music fuses evocative acoustic, steel, and electric guitars from his Kentucky roots with lush string arrangements, filtered and fragmented through his eclectic musical perspective and studio wizardry. As he explains, “Roots and country music were in the air when I was growing up and they still shape my aesthetic. But my love of improvised music, whether Miles Davis or Talk Talk, also informs what I do, and the American Primitive guitarists such as John Fahey and Robbie Basho made a deep impact. To me, these aren’t disparate influences, but make beautiful sense together.” These diverse music forms inspire different aspects of Myles’ work and, combined with textures recalling guitarists such as Robert Fripp and Daniel Lanois and the minimalist soundscapes of Steve Reich, make for a fascinating and compelling musical statement.
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