Michael Rault




Canadian singer-songwriter Michael Rault is pleased to announce his new album and Wick Records debut (a
Daptone Records subsidiary), It's A New Day Tonight, out May 18th. The new album has its home in the darkness,
many of its songs looking at nocturnal activities, particularly sleep. "Sleeping and dreaming were attractive
concepts," says Rault. "I was looking for an escape from a lot of frustrating and dissatisfying conditions in my
day-to-day life."
The Edmonton-born, Montreal-based singer-songwriter-producer began working on its songs in earnest after
winding down the tour supporting his 2015 full-length Living Daylight, but getting to the point of having an
album was a process. "Musically it came out of a period of dissatisfaction, creatively and personally, as I found
myself pushing against the limitations of my abilities and approaches to making music." But those delays
eventually paid off. As he was working on Tonight's songwriting, Rault kept entering the orbit of Wayne Gordon,
producer and head engineer at Brooklyn's legendary Daptone studio—first through opening stints for the late
firebrand Charles Bradley, then while on tour with Aussie shredders King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard. Sending
Gordon early sketches of some songs led to Rault heading to Daptone for what was initially going to be a twoweek
recording stint. Midway through that Gordon approached him about signing to the Daptone Records
label's fledgling rock spinoff, Wick—and becoming the first Canadian member of the Daptone family. Signing
with Wick also led to Rault finishing the record at Daptone and bringing Gordon on as co-producer.
It's A New Day Tonight has the loose-limbed feel of a lost album by '70s bands that bridged the gap between
folk rock's open-hearted strumming and power pop's crisp, melody-forward confections—Wings, Badfinger, Big
Star, 10cc—yet possesses an energy shot through with 21st-century optimism. That vibe was assisted by the liveto-tape
recording setup at Daptone. "The editing and patching together of tracks on the album was minimal
compared to modern standards, which forced me to get more used to having to perform each song all the
way through in the studio and then live with the imperfections afterwards," says Rault.
The album's title (and title track) comes from the most Canadian of overheard sources: a pregame interview
with a hockey player coming off a rocky night. "He said, 'It's a new day tonight, we've got to put the past
behind us.' At first, I thought it was an awkward phrase," says Rault. "But I quickly thought: 'Awkward turn of
phrase… or a good album title?' [The title track] is almost completely describing a very positive nightlife
experience, but the opening line implies that this evening is coming as a major relief after spending the majority
of the day depressed." It's this idea of new hope born from a period of hardship that drives the record Hope springs eternal when when day is over it's a new day tonight.

Corin Ashley

Smart, lyrical pop partially recorded at Abbey Road: big hooks with sprinkles of psychedelia, power pop and acoustic instrumentation. Informed by classic artists from the 60s and 70s, but thoroughly contemporary in theme.

$9.00 - $11.00


ONCE Somerville presents Michael Rault

with Corin Ashley

$9 advance/ $11 day of show

Doors 6:30 pm/ 7pm showtime

Physical tickets are available at:

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