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a panoply of pop perfection” Exclaim.ca
“spacious still-lifey art-pop - a further step from her Americana origins.” Independent
“never ceases to surprise and delight” Financial Times
Troubadour Devon Sproule returns with a new body of collaborative work with Mike O’ Neill of Canadian indie band, Inbreds. They release new album ‘Colours’ via Tin Angel Records on 23th September.
Following on from her acclaimed talent for moulding elements of jazz and folk with an indie-pop and country pastiche, comes a self-effacing and quirky collaboration bringing with it a new found confidence that has allowed Sproule and O’Neill to stretch into a new musical ground.
Opening with the colourful summer tune ‘You Can Come Home’ the listener is immersed into the world of Devon Sproule picking up from where 2011 album ‘I Love You Go Easy’ left off. The go-easy rhythm section builds up to crashing percussion that cascades and collides with the striking bass lines of musical maestro Dan Fortin. Leading into the hazily paced ‘Magic In The Panic’ their first vocal duet seeing O’Neill’s indelible voice echoing into the aether.
Wearing their hearts firmly on their sleeves comes the illuminating title track ‘ Colours’ which is a quintessential lo-fi pop song humming with animated and whirling electronics. The captivating ‘Walking In The Folly’ reaches beautiful high notes with the sweeping trombone of frequent collaborator Doug Tielli while ‘They Want To Talk To You’ encompasses the spirit of the Beatles.
The duo first met when O'Neill submitted a song to Low-Key Karaoke, a project in which Sproule splices videos of herself and others singing together to create remote duets. At first too shy to video himself, Sproule encouraged O'Neill to submit more and before long, they were writing songs together; he from Halifax, Nova Scotia and she currently located in Austin, Texas.
‘Colours’ features an all-star Toronto band including guitar and synth wiz Thom Gill, a rhythm section borrowed from the R&B project Bernice (Robin Dann on vocals, Philip Melanson on Drums and Dan Fotin on bass) and Sandro Perri at the production helm.
Considering how long these two Ontarians have been away from home; Colours is decidedly a product of Toronto. The city, the songs and the ensemble have knocked these two established artists off balance and right into their element.
There is a striking resemblance between Devon and Mike, though one might have to look a little closer to find it in their music. O'Neill's early work as singer/bassist/songwriter for the Inbreds paved the way for a solo career of complex, melody-driven pop. After an eight year hiatus, 2012 saw him release his follow-up solo album ‘Wild Lines’.
American chanteuse Devon Sproule has four critically acclaimed albums under her Tin Angel belt including ‘I Love You Go Easy’ and ‘Keep Your Silver Shined’. Performances include Glastonbury, Cambridge Folk Festival, Moseley Folk Festival along with sell-out performances from Union Chapel and the QEH. Tour supports include a plethora of legendary artists such as Richie Havens, Lucinda Williams and Bill Callahan.