Toronto-based singer and multi-instrumentalist Michael Rault began his career in the mid-2000s, releasing a series of self-produced CD-Rs in his native city of Edmonton, Alberta.
With a reputation for classic, retro-inspired songcraft, he was eventually signed to Sony Canada
imprint Pirates Blend
, which released his '50s rock-inspired debut, Ma-Me-O, in 2010. After relocating to Toronto in 2012, he followed up with the Whirlpool EP, a seven-song set that owed more of a debt to '60s garage and psychedelia. He became increasingly involved with other eccentric notables from the Toronto indie scene like Young Guv
and Slim Twig
, whose band Rault also played in. As he continued to develop his blend of psych, garage, retro R&B, and oddball guitar rock, he attracted the attention of California garage-centric cassette label Burger Records
, which released his Still Not Sad/Nothing Means Nothing single in 2014. Rault's long-awaited follow-up LP, Living Daylight, was released by Burger
in early 2015. ~ Timothy Monger, Rovi