Div­ing into his sub­con­scious for songs about sleep

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FOR It’s A New Day Tonight, Cana­dian pow­er­pop­per Michael Rault has cre­ated a woozy, in­tri­cate, gui­tar-heavy al­bum, with lots of songs about sleep. “Themes start to pop up in cre­ative work, even if you aren’t look­ing for them,” Michael tells us. “I wrote ‘New Day Tonight’ and ‘Sleep With Me’ with­out try­ing to cre­ate a noc­tur­nally themed record, and then started ex­plor­ing. It was a tran­si­tional pe­riod, and there was a lot of ap­peal in div­ing into my sub­con­scious.”

Rault is a new sign­ing to Wick, Dap­tone’s rock divi­sion, a des­ti­na­tion reached rather cir­cuitously. In sup­port of his first world­wide re­lease – 2015’s Liv­ing Day­light – Rault toured Europe. “Dur­ing our trav­els, we got to tour with King Giz­zard And The Lizard Wizard. I met the Dap­tone folks while the Gizz were track­ing beds with en­gi­neer Wayne Gor­don.”

“I’d pre­vi­ously at­tempted to record the al­bum dig­i­tally, but be­came dis­sat­is­fied. That was when I de­cided to reach out to Wayne and Dap­tone. It was costly to rent a world-class stu­dio, but Wayne sug­gested I sign with Wick and fin­ish the LP in New York with him.”

There is in­deed a warm, ana­logue feel to the al­bum. “Wayne was a gamechanger. When you’re not re­ly­ing on dig­i­tal edit­ing, [record­ing] be­comes med­i­ta­tive. I had the plea­sure of work­ing with Benny Trokan and Mikey Post as the rhythm sec­tion, peo­ple who’d spent their whole lives mak­ing high-qual­ity al­bums. I grew a lot as a mu­si­cian.”

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