Credit: Meg Remy

With the success of garagey singer-songwriters like Ty Segall and Mikal Cronin, the underground rock scene is becoming increasingly full of young pop auteurs, but Toronto’s Michael Rault stands out in a crowded field. Combining the blown-out sounds of the lo-fi movement with complex melodies and laid-back moods, Rault sounds like the second coming of cult pop idol Emitt Rhodes.

On May 5, Rault will follow up the cassingle he released last year on buzzy Burger Records with a full-length called Living Daylight. One of its standout cuts is “Suckcess,” a fuzzed-out ode to dropping out and keeping cool that drips with glam rock swagger and plenty of hooks. You can pre-order Living Daylight here.

Michael Rault tour dates:

March 14-15, 2015 Denton, TX 35 Denton Festival

March 16-21, 2015 Austin, TX SXSW

March 22, 2015 San Antonio, TX Korova w/ Burger Caravan Of Stars

March 23, 2015 El Paso, TX Monarch w/ Burger Caravan Of Stars

March 24, 2015 Tucson, AZ The Flycatcher w/ Burger Caravan Of Stars

March 25, 2015 San Diego, CA Soda Bar w/ Burger Caravan Of Stars

March 28-29, 2015 Santa Ana, CA The Observatory Burgerama Festival