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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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Patrick awesome

Patrick Watson is always, surreal, atmospheric, disarming and quirky so if you need a ticket to a Tim Burton lsd music trip come have an adventure with Patrick in your own backyard you will not be disapointed.

Superb, Haunting Album

I am studying for the CA state bar exam and was so excited to find Patrick Watson's new album. It's incredibly peaceful, relaxing and inspiring. A great study companion in the wee hours of the night.

Does not disappoint

This man makes the most beautiful music my ears have ever heard. Everything he does is brilliant. I don't even remember how I stumbled upon Patrick Watson, but the moment I heard Where The Wild Things Are I knew my musical tastes were evolving. I'm also a huge fan of The Cinematic Orchestra. Gorgeous sounds all around.


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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