Michael Rault - It's a New Day Tonight (Wick/Daptone Records)

Add Date: 05/22
Focus Tracks: 1, 6, & 2
FCC: Clean
Formats: College, Modern Rock Specialty, & Triple A

Artist Info: Edmonton-born, Montreal-based singer-songwriter-producer Michael Rault began working on the songs for his forthcoming album, It's a New Day Tonight, in earnest after winding down the tour supporting his 2015 full-length, Living Daylight. Getting to the point of having an album was a process. Rault notes, “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.”

Those delays eventually paid off. As he was working on Tonight...'s songwriting, Rault kept entering the orbit of Wayne Gordon, the producer / 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 two-week 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.