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Patrick Watson

Though he was born in California, Canadian singer and pianist Patrick Watson was raised outside Montreal, in Hudson, Quebec, singing in local church choirs as a boy, studying jazz and classical piano performance, composition, and arrangement, and singing and playing keyboards in the ska band Gangster Politics in high school. Watson left the band after graduating and began to explore other types of music, including electronica and ambient. He released Waterproof9 in 2001, an experimental music accompaniment to a photo book by Brigitte Henry titled Waterproof. In 2002, after returning from a trip to Vietnam, he decided to start a four-piece chamber pop group, bringing in bassist Mishka Stein, drummer Robbie Kuster (both of whom he had met at university), and former Gangster Politics guitarist Simon Angell. The group (which was technically a solo project with a backing band) released Just Another Ordinary Day independently and began performing around Canada, including at the 2005 Pop Montreal Festival, a show that led to the formation of Secret City Records, the label that issued Watson's sophomore album, Close to Paradise (which featured the same band), in the fall of 2006, with a release in the U.S. the following year. Watson's third full-length album, Wooden Arms, arrived in spring 2009, and was nominated for that year's Polaris Music Prize. The emotional yet pared-down Adventures in Your Own Backyard followed in 2012, and the ambient-leaning Love Songs for Robots arrived in spring 2015. The latter featured prior collaborator Joe Grass on guitar in place of Angell. ~ Marisa Brown
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  1.   Song
  2.   Adventures in Your Own Backyard
  3.   Blackwind
  4.   Into Giants
  5.   Just Another Ordinary Day
  6.   Close to Paradise
  7.   Silent City
  8.   Wooden Arms
  9.   Mary
  10.   Morning Sheets
  11.   Giver
  12.   Good Morning Mr. Wolf
  13.   Turn Into the Noise
  14.   Lighthouse
  15.   Machinery of the Heavens
  16.   Luscious Life
  17.   In Circles
  18.   The Quiet Crowd
  19.   Traveling Salesman
  20.   Man Like You
  21.   Big Bird in a Small Cage
  22.   Beijing
  23.   Weight of the World
  24.   Down at the Beach
  25.   Words in the Fire
  26.   Where the Wild Things Are
  27.   Fireweed
  28.   Shame
  29.   Know That You Know
  30.   Alone In This World
  31.   Grace
  32.   Hearts
  33.   Bollywood
  34.   Love Songs For Robots
  35.   Swimming Pools
  36.   Strange Crooked Road
  37.   Things We Do
  38.   Tracy's Waters
  39.   Machinery of the Heavens/Outro
  40.   Hommage
  41.   Daydreamer
  42.   Slip Into Your Skin
  43.   The Storm
  44.   Mr. Tom
  45.   Drifters
  46.   Man Under the Sea
  47.   Sleeping Beauty
  48.   Bright Shiny Lights
  49.   Sunday
  50.   Fall
  51.   The Great Escape
  52.   Noisy Sunday
  53.   Places You Will Go
  54.   Woods
  55.   Gealman
  56.   Brigitte's Theme
  57.   Step Out for a While
  58.   Gnossienne 1
  59.   Firweed
  60.   Interference from the Sky
  61.   Hearts in the Park

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