David Myles Goes for the Gold on “Making Believe”

Our most fundamental questions—about how to exist in this world we share, and how best to love the people we love—so often keep us awake at the end of the day, at a loss for answers. From the plaintive opening notes of David Myles’ new album, It’s Only a Little Loneliness, the New Brunswick-based songwriter testifies that he’s no exception.

Myles puts together a mesmerizing take on one of country music’s greatest songs—Jimmy Work’s 1955 heartbreaker “Making Believe”—which addresses those feelings that bubble up when you just can’t get over a lover leaving, even though you know it’s the end.

Myles drifts straight into a daydream with the help of Joshua Van Tassel’s intricate rhythms and Asa Brosius’ sweeping pedal steel. Halifax-based songwriter Rose Cousins’ harmonies envelop Myles’ vocals as both singers descend deeper into the reverie, confessing: “I’ll spend my lifetime loving you and making believe.”

The collaboration of dear friends are featured all over the album—driving home that important sentiment: we need each other to get through, even if it’s just a little loneliness. In a way, It’s Only a Little Loneliness is a follow-up to the instrumental album That Tall Distance (2021). He asks questions about religion, the mystery of relationships, love and confusion and loneliness.

“It’s the kind of thing you say to yourself when you’re feeling a bit down: ‘It’s only a little loneliness,’” says Myles. “But then at the same time, you know—it’s actually quite a big thing. It’s overwhelming. You try to tell yourself it’s not a big deal but it feels quite fundamental. And you realize, ‘I need people. I need a community. I need my friends. I need my family.”