profile: Patrick Watson

Soon after, Patrick formed the band Patrick Watson with guitarist Simon Angell, drummer Robbie Kuster and bassist Mishka Stein.  In 2003 they released their debut album Just Another Ordinary Day and the follow up, the critically acclaimed second album Close to Paradise in 2006.

[image-1]Wooden Arms, the highly anticipated and minimally composed third LP from the band released May 05, 2009.  "Wooden Arms is a beautiful collection of songs that bring together delicate pop, ethereal atmosphere and a minimalist sense of composition". said NPR’s Bob Boilen.  "Meanwhile, Kuster's clattering percussion is crisply performed on snare drums, marimbas and household pots turned upside-down. It's an inspired sound from a great young artist."

Patrick has been compared to Rufus Wainwright, Jeff Buckley and Nick Drake.  Doug Frost, groupie and Black Cat Radio DJ thinks Patrick Watson "is in the neighborhood of Andrew Bird" and plays the songs "Beijing" (a song in which Patrick used a bicycle as an instrument) and "Big Bird in a Small Cage" on his rotation.

Click here for Patrick Watson’s website and here for their Myspace page.  Click here to watch a May 08, 2009 in studio set and interview originally airing on KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic.  Click here to listen to an interview recorded by WNYC’s Soundcheck on May 04, 2009.

Check back here to find out when Patrick Watson is coming to your town.

As always, please buy this album from your local independent music store by people who know and love music and not from retailers like Wal-Mart (soulless, globally-homogenizing, community-killers) or i-tunes (albums should be listened to as an entire composition with album cover and liner notes in hand).  Incidentally, these two companies sell more music than any other retailer in the United States.  That my friend, bites.

Patrick Watson rocks.

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Canadian singer/songwriter Patrick Watson began his musical career early in life.  As a boy he played in church choirs and studied jazz and classical piano performance, composition, and arrangement.  While in high school in the late 1990’s he sang and played keyboards with a Ska band called Gangster Politics.  In 2001 he left the band and released his solo debut album.  He creates vibrantly textured music with his "romantic" voice that can easily be heard above the guitars and pianos so common to his music.


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