Based on a hypnotic riff, “The Corners Of Your Mind” explores the elusive nature of time, according to the artist, and follows the emotional journey of the narrator through his contemplation of the power of memory, amidst a fragile and ephemeral existence.
Written and produced by David Guez and mixed by Mick Guzauski (Daft Punk, Pharrell Williams), the song also features Chris Elliott (Amy Winehouse, Mark Ronson) on theremin and Moog bass.
“The Corners Of Your Mind” is taken from Guez’s 2019 debut album “Imperfect Harmony”. It is the first of two concept albums and 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. Potential listeners should not be put off by the apparent heaviness of the subject. Guez has the talent to cover complex themes in catchy pop songs that come across like old acquaintances with their strong 80s references.
In collaboration with music arranger Chris Elliott and art director Lawrence Azerrad (Esperanza Spalding, Sting), the album was recorded between Paris, London and New York and superbly mixed in LA by Mick Guzauski.
David Guez describes his music as “out of step with the times”. With a background littered with musical influence – “my greatgrandfather 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.
Paul McCartney in particular, with his sense for catchy melodies, must have had a great influence on the young David. We look forward to hearing more from this talented artist in the future.
Photo: Mathieu Zazzo