After sharing new song “Sleep with Me” late last year, Michael Rault has now lifted the curtain on a new full-length album.
Titled It’s a New Day Tonight, Rault’s latest will arrive May 18 through Daptone imprint Wick Records in the U.S. and Sleepless Records in Canada.
It’s a New Day Tonight is said to have “its home in the darkness, many its songs looking at nocturnal activities, particularly sleep,” feeling like “a lost album by ’70s bands that bridged the gap between folk rock’s open-hearted strumming and power pop’s crisp, melody-forward confections,” with “an energy shot through with 21st century optimism.”
In a statement, Rault said, “Sleeping and dreaming were attractive concepts. I was looking for an escape from a lot frustrating and dissatisfying conditions in my day-to-day life.”
As the first Canadian member the Daptone family, it was only fitting that Rault’s album title comes from an equally Canadian source — a pregame interview with a hockey player.
“He said, ‘It’s a new day tonight, we’ve got to put the past behind us.’ At first, I thought it was an awkward phrase,” Rault recalled. “But I quickly thought: ‘Awkward turn phrase… or a good album title?’ The title track] is almost completely describing a very positive nightlife experience, but the opening line implies that this evening is coming as a major relief after spending the majority the day depressed.”
Read through the tracklisting for It’s a New Day Tonight to find Rault’s upcoming tour dates and new track “I’ll Be There,” which has arrived a new video. That’s the album cover above.
It’s a New Day Tonight:
1. I’ll Be There
2. New Day Tonight
3. Sleep With Me
4. Oh, Clever Boy
5. Sitting Still
6. Dream Song
7. Pyramid Scheme
8. Out the Light
9. Sleeping & Smiling
10. When the Sun Shines
03/14-17 Austin, TX – SXSW
05/22 Toronto, ON – The Horseshoe
05/23 Cleveland, OH – Beachland Tavern
05/25 Nashville, TN – The Basement
05/26 Atlanta, GA – The Earl
05/28 Raleigh, NC – Neptunes
05/29 Washington, DC – DC 9
05/30 Philadelphia, PA – Johnny Brenda’s
05/31 Brooklyn, NY – Our Wicked Lady Rotop
06/01 Boston, MA – Once Ballroom @ Lounge
06/02 Montreal, QC – Bar Le Ritz