After spending the last six months in Germany and England, Devon Sproule has settled once again in the American south — in Austin, TX. The city is renowned for its music and also, its brutal summers. Many Austin musicians make a point to tour north during the summer months and Sproule is no exception. Just done with a cross-country tour of Canada, Sproule is making her way to the UK with a new addition to her band, Toronto guitar / synth virtuoso Thom Gill.
Gill, a jazz grad turned pop prince, has been on tour with Sproule for most of the summer, accompanying her and opening the shows with his brand of gospel-inspired soul. The two together deliver a weird and inspiring take on folk-pop, playing a mix of new material and songs from Sproule’s Tin Angel release I Love You, Go Easy.
“The lyrics of I Love You, Go Easy glance off each other arrestingly, juxtaposing images. The music is correspondingly complex…layered textures and unexpected lyrical piano codas somewhere between jazz and hymnal, have a centripetal stillness about them, as if suspended for a moment out of time.” – Financial Times
T H O M A S
Toronto’s Thom Gill has been busy appearing in many forms and furnishing a variety of vibes, exploring the world of song, at home and abroad, with blissfully confused audiences.
Says Tad Michelak: “Smoothed out pop songs and raw emotion spread almost too thin over delicate guitar work. T H O M A S blurs the line between pop and the avant-garde by re-inventing the cliches and turning them into something all his own without ever becoming one himself. His voice is like silk whispers that can become alien at any minute. A bizarre un-touchable oddness lingers in his perfectly composed post-smooth pop songs, begging you to dig deeper.”
The last year, especially, has seen 3 releases from T H O M A S as well albums from his groups Bernice, OG Melody and LOOM. As well as his work as a solo artist, Thom has performed alongside Owen Pallett, John Southworth, Katie Stelmanis (Austra), to name a few.