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Patrick Watson’s music is like a sunset: the slow, deliberate songs reveal new intensities moment to moment, one color giving way to another with grace and purpose until the evolution's complete and every burning pixel dissolves into black. Adventures is the fourth full-length record by the band Patrick Watson (his only solo outing was back in 2001), and the group wisely stays the path of bewitching and beguiling, with the occasional glimmer of whimsy. The brilliant “Lighthouse” gently opens the collection, with a timid piano creeping into a soundscape that slowly awakens with Watson’s aqueous falsetto, a gentle cascade of piano notes, shadowy percussion, and subdued strings. At three minutes in, electric guitar and spaghetti western trumpets blare and the entire mood shifts. (Fans of the Cinematic Orchestra, with which Watson has worked, will note an ah-ha moment here.) At the other end of the album, “The Things We Do” has a bluesy, sensual tone, its muscular backbone supporting crackling snares, prickly guitars, and a bleating saxophone.

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haunting, soulful and moving

I heard this on a cultural radio program while driving in France and nearly had an accident trying to write the name of the artist down and the track. Thank God iTunes had it! I entered eric watson and lighthouse and it came up - sorry Patrick, but it was hard to understand the French lady.

Great stuff.

What An Adventure!

Just downloaded this & had my first listen - fantastic! Has really gripped me rite away - beautifully arranged & hauntingly composed! I love it!


Heard on the Ikea ad just now ! Wow. Downloaded


Born: 1979 in Lancaster, CA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

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...
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