Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Artist to Watch: Michael Rault

Michael Rault - 'Living Daylight' (album stream)

The joy of festivals, North by Northeast (NXNE) and Canadian Music Week is that, if you do the weeks right, you're bound to stumble upon plenty of new bands to satiate your musical appetite for weeks to come. I know it's easy to stick to what you know, but where is the fun in that. This past weekend, at a documentary after-party, I was treated to the sounds of several up-and-coming Canadian bands - with one in particular standing out to me as someone to watch.

With his new album Living Daylight set to drop June 24 via Pirates Blend Records, shaggy rocker Michael Rault and his crew put on an electric live performance. The Edmonton-raised, Toronto-based songwriter Michael Rault is undeniably influenced by 60s psychedelia - grooving and crooning carelessly while simultaneously ripping unexpected guitar solos. At the end of the typo-intended "Too All My Friends" (which I think I've listened to 50 times since the show), Rault smothered the amp with his guitar, before drop-kicking it and strutting off stage. Standard stuff. But, it made one hell of a finale.

You can catch Rault three times over the course of the next week at NXNE - check the website for details.

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