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.