During the last decade, Michael Rault has donned various versions of music as though they were stylish outfits. When he first emerged from Edmonton, he was devoted to the rock atavism of Buddy Holly and his ilk, which he traded for psychedelic swirls and power pop when he moved to Toronto and made 2015’s fetching Living Daylight. But on this year’s splendid It’s a New Day Tonight, Rault finally sounds completely comfortable. Recorded with Wayne Gordon, the engineering impresario of Brooklyn’s legendary Daptone, this effortless and immediate ten-song set finds Rault draping tunes fit for the Beatles with shades of splendid soul. Like Dr. Dog or North Carolina’s late, great Max Indian, he finds new uses in classic sounds and structures. Even on your first listen to Rault, you’ll feel like you’ve always been singing along to these songs.
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