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