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

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