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

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