MICHAEL RAULT

UNCUT - - New Albums - Mark Bent­ley

It’s A New Day Tonight Wick 8/10 Dap­tone off­shoot de­liv­ers charm­ing, chim­ing Cana­dian psych-pop

The lat­est re­lease from Ed­mon­ton na­tive Rault is a slight mas­ter­piece of psy­che­delic pow­er­pop. Is­sued on Wick – the rock im­print of soul-funk fac­tory Dap­tone – it mines fa­mil­iare­nough in­flu­ences: the shim­mer­ing chords of Big Star, Emitt Rhodes’ fil­i­gree song struc­tures and Badfin­ger’s Macca-ish melodies. There’s a sonic fresh­ness, though, abet­ted by the wiz­ardy ana­logue pro­duc­tion tricks of Dap­tone head en­gi­neer Wayne Gor­don. Scamp­ish in­ven­tion and some stun­ning gui­tar work com­bine on the sleepy, shape-chang­ing ti­tle track, the reedy “Dream Song” and the charm­ing “Sit­ting Still”, a freaky, folk­ish vi­gnette. Think Kel­ley Stoltz, Matthew Sweet and Jonathan Wil­son jam­ming at Crosby’s place.

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