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Patrick Watson extends U.S. tour + new video for “Hearts”

Thomas Bellflower May 27, 2015
“Watson has outdone himself.”—Paste
Acclaimed Canadian artist Patrick Watson confirms new U.S. and European fall tour dates in support of his new album Love Songs for Robots (out now via Domino Records). The tour will now run through December, concluding with dates in New York City (at Irving Plaza) and Philadelphia (Under Ground Arts). The first of his US Love Songs For Robots dates is tonight, at the 9:30 Club in Washington, DC.
In celebration of the commencement of the US tour, Patrick Watson is pleased to share a video for “Hearts”, recorded at a secret album release show in Montreal recently. Watch the video HERE.
In addition, KCRW yesterday featured previous single “Places You Will Go” as “Today’s Top Tune”—a preview to Watson’s upcoming appearance on “Morning Becomes Eclectic” on June 5.
The 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.” Watch the official video for “Places You Will Gohere and see below for track listing.
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 on iTunes. The vinyl edition comes with an additional 7”, featuring a non-album track, and can be along with the CD on the Domino Mart.
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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 27                                      Washington, DC                                                   9:30 Club†
May 28                                            Brooklyn, NY         Music Hall of Williamsburg† (SOLD OUT)
May 30                                            Boston, MA                                                The Sinclair†
May 31                                         Providence, RI                                       Columbus Theatre
June 2                                        San Francisco, CA                        The Chapel (SOLD OUT)
June 4                                         Los Angeles, CA             Hollywood Forever Cemetery (SOLD OUT)
June 6                                           San Diego CA                                                 The Casbah*
July 5                                        Trois-Rivieres, QC                                               FestiVoix‡
July 11                                         Sherbrooke, QC                                        Theatre Granada
July 17                                        Quebec City, QC                         Festival d’Ete de Quebec§
July 23                                            Calgary, AB                                    Calgary Folk Festival
August 1                                        Montreal, QC                                          Osheaga Festival
August 20                                        Pully, CH                                           For Noise Festival
August 21                                   Biddinghuizen, NL                                    Lowlands Festival
August 22                                   Brecons Beacons, UK                                            Green Man
September 4                                   Vlieland, NL                              Into de Great Wide Open
September 5                                   Vlieland, NL                              Into de Great Wide Open
September 6                                  Maastricht, NL                                              Bruis Festival
September 24                                  Nashville, TN                                                         Exit/In
September 25                                   Urbana, IL                                       Pygmalion Festival#
September 26                              Cincinnati, OH                             Mid Point Music Festival
September 28                                   Chicago, IL                                                  Lincoln Hall
September 29                               Minneapolis, MN                                         Varsity Theatre
September 30                                 Winnipeg, MB                                            Garrick Centre
October 2                                       Edmonton, AB                                                 The Starlite
October 5                                      Vancouver, BC                                Commodore Ballroom
October 6                                      Errington, AB                      Errington War Memorial Hall
October 8                                         Seattle, WA                                               The Crocodile
October 9                                        Portland, OR                                                      Doug Fir
October 11                                    San Francisco, CA                                      The Independent
October 13                                   Los Angeles, CA                                   Teragram Ballroom
November 14                                   Hamburg, DE                                                          Knust
November 15                                    Cologne, DE                                                          Luxor
November 16                                     Berlin, DE                                                  Heimathafen
November 22                                      Lyon, FR                                           Epicerie Moderne
November 23                                 Strasbourg, FR                                                  La Laiterie
November 26                                     Paris, FR                                               Casino de Paris
December 11                                New York City, NY                                             Irving Plaza
December 12                                Philadelphia, PA                                     Underground Arts
*appearing with Villagers
†appearing with The Low Anthem
‡appearing with Emilie & Ogden
§appearing with The Barr Brothers
#appearing with Tune-Yards, Zola Jesus

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