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

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