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about

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 ‘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’.
O’Neill's credentials include winning the Gemini award for his compositions on food program ‘French Food At Home’ and is known for his portrayal of Thomas Collins in TV show Trailer Park Boys.

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. Back in her teen years it was the attention of Dave Matthews eye that saw her on the road with the Dave Matthews Band and en route to a steady career in music.

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released 23 September 2013

sandro perri — production, synth
thom gill — arrangement, vocals, guitars, rhodes
dan fortin — upright and electric bass
philippe melanson — drums, percussion
doug tielli — trombone, euphonium, banjo
ryan driver — synth
robin dann — vocals
mike o’neill — vocals, guitar, synth, percussion, marimba
devon sproule — vocals, guitar

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Track Name: You Can Come Home
When it was warm enough
I cast out for the brown trout
I came all the way out of the bay
I took my shirt off, I felt the sun sauce
I heard the sail flap, I saw the waves cap
I let the rope out, I came about

When the work is done
When the light is gone
Then you can come home

When I began this, I ran a fast ship
Top of the water, I barely scratched it
But each empty day, I took on the weight
I lost the wide eye, I lost the wide sky
I took a last run in the last of the sun
I ain't winding the line in until I find it

When the work is done,
When the light is gone.
Then you can come home.

The wind changed, the rain came.
It took me over into the water
The mast went into the black depth
I felt the rough touch of the muskelunge
I moved toward the centerboard
One body is not enough to get this boat up

When the work is done
When the light is gone
Then you can come home
Track Name: Magic In The Panic
I can't go home,
Though the wind is getting meaner
I can feel it in my bones
Nobody's gonna be there
And I need someone to be there

I'm pulling in a long long line. I always think I got 'em.
The water column's full of life, but I'm dragging the bottom
This is me dragging the bottom
Hoping there's

Magic in the panic, magic in the upshift
Magic in the scattering of the family

I could do it in the early days
In among the lost ones
I had the campaign in my veins
The drummer in the rostrum
Drumming the lost ones

But when the lost ones grow up,
You're hitting on a lonesome drum
The shrug comes creeping in
Just looking for the season's end,
Hoping there's

Magic in the panic, magic in the upshift
Magic in the scattering of the family
Track Name: You Can't Help It
I've always wanted it,
Since I knew how to want
And I've worked so hard
Just to get this far

The day they pulled you out
All of the stars lined up
You knew the formula
Before they held you up

How does it feel to be carrying so much light?
You can't help it
You can't help it that you're so good
I don't believe that he loves us all alike
You can't help it
You can't help it that you're so good

A plane is powerful
With a noble wingspan
A fine-tuned rush of air
Perfected by man

But a bird is natural
In the wild above
When it sings its song
We look up

How does it feel to be carrying so much light?
You can't help it
You can't help it that you're so good
I don't believe that he loves us all alike
You can't help it
You can't help it that you're so good
Track Name: Colours
I don't want to make you mad
I don't want to hold you back
I'll show my colours now

You haven't felt the fire inside
You haven't heard the stormy night
I'll show my colours now

I never said I could change
I never said I could change the way I am
Like it was nothing

I can be gentle when I'm trying to sell
Generous when it serves me well
I hide my colours well

I wanna wear them on my sleeve
The things you say, I wanna believe
But oh, my colours...

You don't have to pretend if you don't understand

You should be afraid to dig that line.
But if you are brave, you might find

Blue under the robin's nest.
Green to lie back against.
Find my colours

I never said I could stay.
I never said I could stay and play the game
Like it was nothing at all
Track Name: The Fan
I'm so afraid you're gonna hate the summer
The heat will be more than a bummer, in the summer

When we moved, the air was moving all up and down the city
It's gonna be more than a pity when it gets shitty

I know you love to sleep with the windows open
And it's so sad when you have to close them
And the night can't nose in

And the fan goes 'round and 'round…

We'll take a boat out on the Town Lake
With your brother when he comes to see us.
We'll fix the rope swing between us, in the pre-dusk

And I'll fly to Carolina when my sister delivers her second
I'll try to figure if I'm dead set on kids yet

I know the day is long and the night is fleeting
And the clean start could still use some cleaning
When the dog days come creeping

And the fan goes 'round and 'round…

When July has set a record
And August is clawing its way in
When all you want is to stay in
And not let the day in

There will still be ice in our glasses
Night at the end of the day
I hope you feel the same way
Then as you do now

And the fan goes 'round and 'round…
Track Name: Walking In The Folly
I have run a mucky verge
Cheering twigs down a river
Camouflaged by winter's subtle colors
I have come alove
Muddy water shushed
Me back in my body
Met with longing

I have interbeen
Wintering, in his rumbling brown
Revisiting language unsettlingly round

Two warm hands inside your wooly vest
Do your best to act unimpressed
And to separate the day from the daydream
Two bodies on a centerboard
Muddy water over safety orange
And beneath, the sharpened teeth 
Of the muskellunge slip by
Spidery air on the bottom bare
In the out house at night
Soft sand in your hand
but you're gripping too tight

I have swam past his fingers.
They were perfect fifths in two rivers
I have secured to memory the shiver
I thought one of us would be lost
Walking in the folly
Body follows body

Instead, I've been roused
From the couch hunch
Where I have been
I have found new ground
To plant the old seed in
I have left just a thumbprint
In the midst of his chin
I have been pushed back from the edge
By just the wind
Hiked down to the human town
to try it all again
Knocked off a stock song to forget about it in
Track Name: Talk To You
Down at the Seahorse
To some loud R&B horns
You danced with a pensioner
She said, "Forgive everybody,
Be happy to see them
When you're sure of yourself you'll know
They wanna talk to you."

The kids in your city
Happy to see you
Happy to know where you've been
Pouring you coffee
Selling guitar strings
Doing it all again
They wanna talk to you

You see them coming
You turn away from them
No one can find you there
You've had your secrets
And you've had your reasons
But no one is stopping you now

You wanted to be true
You want it to be true
I'm telling you: it's true
They wanna talk to you
Track Name: The Fire Inside
I came looking for someone awake in the witching
Feeding and burned by a fire inside
You rode in from Richmond and the city lights.
You took the exit and the music started

I came looking for someone awake in the morning
Whose body was warm a whose breathing was clean

You were looking for someone to take you under
To show you the wonders of the fire inside
And you'd learned a little trick about the jealous heart
It'll tear you apart if you listen to it

You were looking for someone who had it together
Who didn't change with the weather
And whose fire inside didn't eat them alive.

Where's the fun
In always getting along?
What doesn't make you crazy makes you strong

I came looking for someone awake in the witching
Feeding and burned by a fire inside
Track Name: Nobody Tells Me A Thing
My cattle are escaping
Nobody tells me a thing
How can I corral them?
Nobody tells me a thing

I know they're laughing when I turn my back
Don't they remember my mom and my dad?

My friends back in the city
Nobody tells me a thing
They don't think I have it in me
Nobody tells me a thing

(Do you remember days kept in by the rain
On the sleeping bag with the old rodeo scene?)

I could give up
I could blame the wintery air
But where will it stop?
I fear wherever I go
I will find myself there

I came to turn it over
Nobody owes me a thing
But I'm so alone here
Nobody owes me a thing
It's wild out in the garden
Nobody's tells me a thing
Inching toward my doorstep
Nobody tells me a thing
I wake up in the darkness
Nobody tells me a thing
The stars are in the millions
Nobody tells me a thing
How can I corral them?
Nobody told me a thing
Track Name: The Shallow End
Sometimes it's so easy
To see where you belong
And to see where you want to go
I can see you all the time
I will remind you when you need to know

But when it's hard to see
Then you don't believe me even when I tell you so
I can only hope that you'll remember
By the time you have to go
Just close your eyes
And you'll see the way to where you need to go

And when you're far enough away
I will show you just the stuff
That I want you to see
I will keep my secrets
And pretend that we are who we want to be

The shallow end is easy
Sitting on the edge and making ripples with your toes
But someone has to jump before
The sun is gone and everyone is cold
I know I should jump but what if I come up and everyone is cold?