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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.   Into Giants
  4.   Blackwind
  5.   Big Bird in a Small Cage
  6.   Close to Paradise
  7.   Tracy's Waters
  8.   The Storm
  9.   Wooden Arms
  10.   Just Another Ordinary Day
  11.   Bright Shiny Lights
  12.   In Circles
  13.   Sleeping Beauty
  14.   Bollywood
  15.   Man Like You
  16.   Brigitte's Theme
  17.   Grace
  18.   Hearts
  19.   Good Morning Mr. Wolf
  20.   Love Songs For Robots
  21.   Turn Into the Noise
  22.   Swimming Pools
  23.   Things We Do
  24.   Words in the Fire
  25.   Lighthouse
  26.   Where the Wild Things Are
  27.   Down at the Beach
  28.   Weight of the World
  29.   Mr. Tom
  30.   Drifters
  31.   Man Under the Sea
  32.   Sunday
  33.   Fall
  34.   Gealman
  35.   Hommage
  36.   The Great Escape
  37.   Strange Crooked Road
  38.   Traveling Salesman
  39.   Luscious Life
  40.   Know That You Know
  41.   Step Out for a While
  42.   Fireweed
  43.   Morning Sheets
  44.   Places You Will Go
  45.   Silent City
  46.   Shame
  47.   Giver
  48.   Alone In This World
  49.   Woods
  50.   Beijing
  51.   Machinery of the Heavens/Outro
  52.   The Quiet Crowd
  53.   Machinery of the Heavens
  54.   Mary
  55.   Daydreamer
  56.   Slip Into Your Skin
  57.   Noisy Sunday
  58.   Gnossienne 1
  59.   Firweed
  60.   Interference from the Sky
  61.   Hearts in the Park

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