Devon Sproule teamed up with Canadian songwriter/"Trailer Park Boys" actor, Mike O' Neill, to record her latest album, Colours, which arrives in stores this Tuesday, October 8 on Tin Angel Records.
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. '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) with Sandro Perri once again working with Sproule on the production front.
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.
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 is also known for his portrayal of Thomas Collins in the 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. She has toured supporting Richie Havens, Lucinda Williams and Bill Callahan.