Performing to a packed out cozy Soho bar room yesterday [Monday] lunchtime, Canadian musician Patrick Watson treated those gathered to a short set of stripped down songs from his new LP Adventures in Your Own Backyard, set for release on 30th April.
A pleasant start to a Monday lunchtime the set of five songs took a more intimate formation than the versions which are performed with a full band on record, but Patrick fleshed these out with jovial chit chat; giving little back stories to certain of the selection. One which he tells us comes as inspiration from a poem he found tucked in the back of a cookbook his mother gave him.
After five years on the road with his three-piece band, and touring on the back of two critically-acclaimed albums Watson set his sights on “mak[ing] the kind of music [the band] would want to listen to at home”. And so this fourth full length album, and his third with his regular band is a more patient and confident musical exploration, still retaining the expressive and expansive sonic palate of his older work, yet at its core exploring a simpler scene and those things close to home.
Adventures… will be preceded by the single and video for the sweeping, elegant “Into Giants,” which is available for preview at www.patrickwatson.net.
The band also return to the UK in Spring:
Monday 30th April – London, UK – St. Stephen’s Church
Tuesday the 1st of May – Brighton, UK – Komedia
*Support in London comes from The Barr Brothers.
For those in the US don’t miss the tour dates with Andrew Bird! More on Facebook
Adventures in Your Own Backyard’s tracklisting is as follows:
Step Out For A While
The Quiet Crowd
Words In The Fire
The Things You Do
Strange Crooked Road
Adventures In Your Own Backyard