Considering that I lived and breathed ‘Too Many Blogs’ for over three and a half years, it feels strange that I haven’t posted a piece on here since July.
If there was one thing that was going to bring about some new writing from me though, a new track from Patrick Watson is it. The guy is one of my favourite modern day artists. Up there with the likes of The National, Sufjan Stevens and Fiona Apple.
‘Broken’ is more of Watson at his brilliant best. A track that makes you feel butterflies in your stomach as the track builds and reaches its fantastic finale.
Sadly, this isn’t taken from an upcoming record (or at least it hasn’t been announced if it has). ‘Broken’ was recorded last month at Studio PM in Montreal. A track that Watson “Just felt like sharing before the next record. Dedicated to the storms we went through.” However, it’s new music from Patrick Watson and that is always a good thing.
Patrick has been busy on various projects since the 2015 critically acclaimed release of his fifth album, Love Songs for Robots. He performed after U2’s Bono at the Canada Day concert last July in Ottawa, played the Montreal Symphonique outdoor concert on the Mount-Royal to celebrate the city’s 375th anniversary, embarked on the Canadian C3 boat for a 2 week run to raise awareness on Diversity and Inclusion, Reconciliation, Youth Engagement and the Environment, and finally, performed last week at the Bell Center for Tower of Songs, a tribute concert to Leonard Cohen in Montreal with Sting, Lana Del Rey, Elvis Costello and more. Patrick and his band are currently recording the next album set to be out sometime in 2018.
Watson composes, performs and records his albums with his full band of almost a decade, which includes Joe Grass (guitars), Robbie Kuster (drums/percussion) and Mishka Stein (bass). The recipient of Canada’s elite Polaris Music Prize in 2007, Watson and his band have performed to over 100,000 people at the 2009 Montreal Jazz Festival as well as with full orchestras in Amsterdam and Montreal. Raised and still living in Montreal, Watson himself has composed fifteen scores for both film and television; including a trailer for ‘The Walking Dead’ and Wim Wenders’ 3D film ‘Everything Will Be Fine’.