New Music From Patrick Watson

Posted on Apr 21, 2022
New Music From Patrick Watson

Patrick Watson composes, performs and records his albums with his long-time bandmate and collaborator Mishka Stein. The recipients of Canada’s Polaris Music Prize, in addition to multiple JUNO and Polaris nominations, Watson and his band have toured on all continents, on occasion playing with full orchestras to bring their rich music to life. Their most recent tour saw the band playing some of their largest venues to date, including the Barbican (London), L’Olympia (Paris), Coliseu (Lisbon), El Plaza Condesa (Mexico City), and more. From Montréal, Watson has composed several scores for both film and television, including a trailer for The Walking Dead and Wim Wenders’ 3D film Everything Will Be Fine. Now, Watson is thrilled to announce Better in the Shade, his seventh full-length studio album.. This new recording appears after a prolific last couple of years – despite the worldwide pandemic – where Watson released multiple songs (A Mermaid in Lisbon, Que reste-t’il de nos amours, Lost with You) following-up his previous award-winning album, Wave, released in 2019.

According to Watson, the new album “is about negotiating a world where you don’t know what’s real anymore. I really spent a lot of time reading to improve my lyrics for this record. I was very inspired by Jesus’ Son by Denis JohnsonThe Waves by Virginia Woolf and Fever Dream by Samanta Schweblin. The lyrics are a collection of little thoughts that were pacing in my head. We worked hard on rebuilding the tones of our arrangements and we brought a bigger electronic component to the music. With the addition of modular synths, we were able to find a warmer and more touching approach to the electronics, that feel as acoustic as the rest of the instruments and move like liquid. Basically, I went back to school for the last two years to be able to bring something new. Andrew Barr from the Barr Brothers joined us on drums for this record. It’s a pleasure to play music with such a great musician.”

“His new single is ‘Height Of The Feeling,’ written with Ariel Engle of La Force…Their paired vocals have an easy rapport, but the immediately striking sound of the song is its rubbery modular synthesizer, which provides the track’s pulsing yet uncertain heartbeat. Not inappropriate for a song about feeling unmoored by a lack of personal connection.” – WNYC

“Québécois maven drapes his red velvet falsetto over songs about loss and melancholy” – MOJO

“Dreamily rendered, falsetto-rich ruminations on the way human beings are wired” – NPR MUSIC

FCC Warning: Track 4

Recommended Tracks: #2 “Height Of The Feeling”, #1 “Better In The Shade”

RIYL: Villagers, Andrew Bird, Leif Vollebekk, S. Carey, Donovan Woods

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Label: Secret City Records

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