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Patrick Watson

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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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  2.   Adventures in Your Own Backyard
  3.   Blackwind
  4.   Into Giants
  5.   Underwater to Cave
  6.   Before I Met Your Father
  7.   Shame
  8.   The Red Dress
  9.   Woods
  10.   Bollywood
  11.   The Great Escape
  12.   Lighthouse
  13.   Turn Into the Noise
  14.   The Darkest Place
  15.   Brigitte's Theme
  16.   Beijing
  17.   Man Under the Sea
  18.   Mary
  19.   The 9th Life of Louis Drax
  20.   Creature in the Hallways
  21.   Resurrection
  22.   Grace
  23.   Hearts
  24.   Good Morning Mr. Wolf
  25.   Noisy Sunday
  26.   Machinery of the Heavens
  27.   Man Like You
  28.   Drifters
  29.   Sleeping Beauty
  30.   Fall
  31.   Sunday
  32.   Just Another Ordinary Day
  33.   Words in the Fire
  34.   Hypnosis
  35.   Forbidden Kiss
  36.   In Circles
  37.   Things We Do
  38.   Luscious Life
  39.   Wooden Arms
  40.   Slip Into Your Skin
  41.   The Bridge
  42.   The Storm
  43.   The Quiet Crowd
  44.   Swimming Pools
  45.   Tracy's Waters
  46.   Nine Lives
  47.   Close to Paradise
  48.   Know That You Know
  49.   Down at the Beach
  50.   Louis Drax
  51.   Gealman
  52.   Helicopter
  53.   Strange Crooked Road
  54.   Machinery of the Heavens/Outro
  55.   Hommage
  56.   Clouds
  57.   Traveling Salesman
  58.   Weight of the World
  59.   A Hamster's Death
  60.   Bright Shiny Lights
  61.   Love Songs For Robots
  62.   Places You Will Go
  63.   Alone In This World
  64.   Mr. Tom
  65.   Where the Wild Things Are
  66.   Giver
  67.   Silent City
  68.   Dead for Two Hours
  69.   Daydreamer
  70.   Fireweed
  71.   Big Bird in a Small Cage
  72.   Step Out for a While
  73.   Morning Sheets
  74.   Gnossienne 1
  75.   Firweed
  76.   Interference From the Sky
  77.   Hearts in the Park
  78.   Sit Down Beside Me
  79.   Summer Sleeps
  80.   Gordon
  81.   Je te laisserai des Mots

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