The songwriter and sole architect of Dayshell goes track-by-track to reveal the creative headspace that fueled his most complete work to date.
The quality of self-reliance is strange beast. For Shayley Bourget, the solo steward of one man mission statement that is Dayshell, it is a blessing and curse that allows him total creative freedom with zero safety net.
For the last decade, Bourget has poured his artistic audacity into the solo project, releasing a healthy four full length studio albums since 2013. His most recent, Pegasus, serves as the second as a completely independent artist.
Back in 2019, Bourget first took the unconventional route, relying only on himself and the support of the fans for is first-ever crowd-funded full length, Mr. Pain. The gamble proved to be fruitful, forging a unique bond that saw the fans invest in someone they felt warranted the support – with Bourget delivering the kind of quality product that proved worth the initial investment for everyone involved.
It seemed only right to return to the same model that pledged such unwavering support.
Spending much of 2022 refining a collection of work that ultimately sourced the isolation and uncertainty of the last couple of years – and the personal revelation that comes with having to go it alone, Bourget again went to the fans to gage interest. He found that the appetite for new Dayshell was not only still very much a thing – it had in fact, grown exponentially.
More than doubling the financial goal of Mr. Pain, the immediate response Pegasus would not only prove that the bond between the fans and their favorite artist was an eduring thing – it would underscore the fact that Bourget’s vision had much further reaching implications than he thought.
Teaming with longtime producer and collaborator Joey Sturgis, Bourget has compiled his most complete showcase of artistry to date with a collection of songs that are as layered and dynamic as they are personal and poignant.
From the turbulence of personal relationships to the confrontation of disingenuous people within the industry, Pegasus is both a testament to Bourget’s evolution as creative professional as well as his journey of personal self discovery – all channeled into a mammoth 10-track presentation.
Ahead of the September 22nd release of the pivotal fourth album, both Bourget and producer Joey Sturgis have peeled back the curtain to give a track-by-track assessment of the progress of the project, the source material that propelled the tracks and offer a detailed explanation as to why Peagsus is the best version of Dayshell to date.
Pegasus from Dayshell releases September 22nd. The album is available – HERE
‘Pegasus’ Track List:
1 You Wish
4 Give Me
5 The Reckoning
6 Return Of The Doc
7 Letting Go
8 Miss You So
9 C’est La Vie
10 Play The Beast