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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.   The Great Escape
  6.   Hommage
  7.   Swimming Pools
  8.   Big Bird in a Small Cage
  9.   Good Morning Mr. Wolf
  10.   Turn Into the Noise
  11.   Machinery of the Heavens/Outro
  12.   Gealman
  13.   Things We Do
  14.   Man Under the Sea
  15.   Shame
  16.   Beijing
  17.   In Circles
  18.   Traveling Salesman
  19.   Man Like You
  20.   Strange Crooked Road
  21.   Places You Will Go
  22.   Silent City
  23.   Know That You Know
  24.   Grace
  25.   Hearts
  26.   Bollywood
  27.   Love Songs For Robots
  28.   Lighthouse
  29.   Wooden Arms
  30.   Where the Wild Things Are
  31.   Tracy's Waters
  32.   Down at the Beach
  33.   Daydreamer
  34.   Giver
  35.   Weight of the World
  36.   The Storm
  37.   Luscious Life
  38.   Drifters
  39.   Sleeping Beauty
  40.   Bright Shiny Lights
  41.   Sunday
  42.   Fall
  43.   Noisy Sunday
  44.   Close to Paradise
  45.   Words in the Fire
  46.   Alone In This World
  47.   Morning Sheets
  48.   Woods
  49.   Machinery of the Heavens
  50.   Mr. Tom
  51.   Brigitte's Theme
  52.   The Quiet Crowd
  53.   Step Out for a While
  54.   Mary
  55.   Fireweed
  56.   Just Another Ordinary Day
  57.   Slip Into Your Skin
  58.   Gnossienne 1
  59.   Firweed
  60.   Interference from the Sky
  61.   Hearts in the Park

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