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

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