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Love Songs for Robots streaming on NPR First Listen

Thomas Bellflower May 5, 2015

Patrick Watson’s new album Love Songs for Robots is streaming now at NPR Music as a “First Listen.” Of the album, due May 12 via Domino Records, NPR Music explains, “an interest in mechanical function extends to curiosity about emotional wiring; about how our feelings are fueled by science as much as something more unknowable. Love Songs For Robots’ themes are a natural extension of that fascination, and of a singer-songwriter whose brain seems to overflow with wise and exacting ways to reflect on the way hearts work.”
In addition, the video for “Places You Will Go” is out today, watch/share here: Of the inspiration for the video, Oscar-nominated directors Chris Lavis and Maciek Szczerbowski explain, “The video was inspired by watching the band play small shows leading up to the release…The clip is shot in a small Sequoia cabin in Northern Quebec in a single take, from a single perspective. The reward of this very simple concept is a lively, energetic and intimate portrait of Patrick and the band.”
Love Songs for Robots is receiving early critical acclaim:
“Expansive and intricate…”—NPR Music
The title track can be streamed/shared here:
To celebrate the release, Watson will embark on a worldwide tour, with additional dates to be announced. See details below.
The new music was recorded at Capitol Studios in Los Angeles and Pierre Marchand Studio in Montreal. Of the record, some of which debuted at private concerts in small loft spaces, Watson explains, “I wanted to make a science fiction R n’ B meets Vangelis erotica with a zest of folk kind of record.” It was only halfway through writing the record when the artist found himself having, by his own submission, “a bad year” did more personal themes begin to creep in. “I started thinking about how emotional reactions were more mechanical than we think and the only thing left between us and artificial intelligence is the act of inspiration. Just food for thought.”
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 15 scores for both film and television, including a trailer for “The Walking Dead” and Wim Wenders’ new 3D film “Everything Will Be Fine”, where he performed the songs “Cynical World” (an original for the film) and “Lighthouse.”
Love Songs For Robots is available for pre-order on iTunes with an instant download of the title track. The vinyl edition comes with an additional 7”, featuring a non-album track, and can be preordered along with the CD on the Domino Mart.
1. Love Songs for Robots
2. Good Morning Mr. Wolf
3. Bollywood
4. Hearts
5. Grace
6. In Circles
7. Turn Into The Noise
8. Alone In This World
9. Know That You Know
10. Places You Will Go
May 8              Amsterdam, NL        Melkweg (old room)                                      SOLD OUT
May 9              Maastricht, NL         Muziekgieterij                                                Buy Tickets
May 11            London, UK             Bush Hall                                                      (SOLD OUT)
May 13            Paris, FR                  Café de la Danse                                            (SOLD OUT)
May 14            Luxembourg, LX      Rockhal                                                          Buy Tickets
May 15            Berlin, DE                Gruener Salon                                                 Buy Tickets
May 17            Brussels, BE             Cirque Royale*                                             (SOLD OUT)
May 23            Toronto, ON             CBC Music Festival†                                     Buy Tickets
May 27            Washington, DC      9:30 Club‡                                                       Buy Tickets
May 28            Brooklyn, NY           Music Hall of Williamsburg‡                         Buy Tickets
May 30            Boston, MA              The Sinclair‡                                                   Buy Tickets
May 31            Providence, RI          Colombus Theatre                                           Buy Tickets
June 2              San Francisco, CA    The Chapel*                                                 (SOLD OUT)
June 4              Los Angeles, CA      Hollywood Forever Cemetery*                       Buy Tickets
July 5              Trois-Rivières, QC   Festivoix                                                           Buy Tickets
June 6              San Diego, CA         The Casbah                                                       Buy Tickets
July 11            Sherbrooke, QC       Théâtre Granada (Festival Sherblues & Folk)  Buy Tickets
July 17            Quebec, QC              Plaines d’Abraham (FEQ)                                Buy Tickets
July 23            Calgary,AB               Calgary Folk Fest                                             Buy Tickets
Jul 31- Aug 2  Montreal QC            Osheaga                                                             Buy Tickets
*with Villagers
†with Bahamas, Coeur de Pirate
‡with The Low Anthem

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