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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.   Traveling Salesman
  6.   The Great Escape
  7.   Lighthouse
  8.   Weight of the World
  9.   Gealman
  10.   Resurrection
  11.   Know That You Know
  12.   Sunday
  13.   Mary
  14.   Morning Sheets
  15.   Fireweed
  16.   Silent City
  17.   Man Under the Sea
  18.   Louis Drax
  19.   Hearts
  20.   Bollywood
  21.   Places You Will Go
  22.   Noisy Sunday
  23.   Step Out for a While
  24.   Machinery of the Heavens
  25.   Wooden Arms
  26.   Close to Paradise
  27.   Mr. Tom
  28.   Drifters
  29.   Creature in the Hallways
  30.   Things We Do
  31.   Clouds
  32.   Man Like You
  33.   Down at the Beach
  34.   Forbidden Kiss
  35.   Slip Into Your Skin
  36.   Grace
  37.   The Storm
  38.   Hommage
  39.   Big Bird in a Small Cage
  40.   The 9th Life of Louis Drax
  41.   Turn Into the Noise
  42.   Shame
  43.   Love Songs For Robots
  44.   The Quiet Crowd
  45.   Brigitte's Theme
  46.   Nine Lives
  47.   Woods
  48.   Bright Shiny Lights
  49.   Just Another Ordinary Day
  50.   Before I Met Your Father
  51.   The Darkest Place
  52.   In Circles
  53.   Sleeping Beauty
  54.   Tracy's Waters
  55.   The Bridge
  56.   Alone In This World
  57.   The Red Dress
  58.   Giver
  59.   Good Morning Mr. Wolf
  60.   Swimming Pools
  61.   Helicopter
  62.   Hypnosis
  63.   Luscious Life
  64.   Machinery of the Heavens/Outro
  65.   A Hamster's Death
  66.   Underwater to Cave
  67.   Words in the Fire
  68.   Strange Crooked Road
  69.   Daydreamer
  70.   Dead for Two Hours
  71.   Where the Wild Things Are
  72.   Fall
  73.   Beijing

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